Can bacteria grow on dry ice? Here’s why it’s great for mold remediation.
Dry ice actually is one of the most effective ways to kill bacteria due to its ability to never introduce moisture and clean a surface completely dry. Dry ice is a great choice when it comes to removing bacteria such as mold from a surface, while disinfecting, sanitizing and decontaminating all at once. At nexAir, we are an industry leading dry ice provider and we want our customers to be fully educated and confident in everything they need to know to successfully Forge Forward with their use of dry ice. Whether it is for personal use, or for your business, lean into our KnowHow to learn more about bacteria and dry ice.
What is dry ice and what industries use it?
Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide. It is commonly used as a refrigerant because CO2 does not have a liquid state at normal atmospheric pressure and sublimates directly from the solid state to the gas state. This is key to keeping items fresher for longer periods of time, without ruining the product. Dry ice has many uses and plays a key role in various industries such as:
- The medical industry
- The food and beverage industry
- Shipping and packaging industry
- Cleaning: Dry ice blasting
Bacteria vs. Dry ice
In short, dry ice is known to inhibit the growth of bacteria. As a matter of fact, dry ice cleaning can actually stop the growth of mold, spores and reduce the contamination of other agents. This is one of the biggest reasons as to why dry ice is so commonly used for cleaning and preservation.
Dry ice can blast away contaminants in one run.
You have probably heard the phrase “dry ice blasting” being used here and there. As previously mentioned, dry ice blasting completely removes the mold spores from surfaces with less effort, and in less time. Here’s how it works. Dry ice pellets are loaded into a dry ice blaster. Using a pressurized air stream, the dry ice pellets are sent out at fast speeds, removing contaminants and mold. This cleaning method is preferred because not only is it 100% safe for the environment – no chemicals or fumes are released into the atmosphere – but it also provides the user with a near perfect clean, with no harsh abrasives, in very little time. It’s the best of both worlds! Dry ice blasting is also moisture-free, non-conductive, non-corrosive and non-flammable.
Forge Forward with nexAir!
We hope our KnowHow provides you with a bit more insight on the powerful effects of dry ice when it comes to cleaning and mold remediation. At nexAir, we can show you how to elevate your cleaning process to include dry ice blasting at your work site to improve efficiency, costs and safety. If you are interested in dry ice blasting, have any questions or are ready to have a steady, high-quality supply of dry ice, please reach out – we’d love to chat!
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