Coulson Ice Blast

Coulson Ice Blast

Coulson Ice Blast is a manufacturer of industrial cleaning equipment that uses crushed ice cubes as a blast media. The technology is analogous to sandblasting, but using ice instead of sand. Coulson`s Ice Blasting technology is a safe and cost effective alternative to dry ice blasting, abrasive blasting, pressure washing, ect… Coulson Ice Blast is part of the Coulson Group of Companies, a family owned business based in British Columbia, Canada. Cliff Coulson founded Coulson Forest Products Ltd. in 1960, after having worked in the forestry industry since 1934 and fighting in World War 2. Under the leadership of Cliff’s son, Wayne Coulson, what was once a small logging company has since evolved into a conglomerate of companies operating in the industries of aviation, aerial firefighting, manufacturing, gaming and environmentally friendly industrial cleaning.

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4890 Cherry Creek Rd , Port Alberni , BC Canada
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Industry Type:
Waste Management
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
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Mission Statement:

  • To influence positive change in the industrial and precision cleaning sectors by providing tailored products that are environmentally-friendly and effective cleaning solutions.


We will deliver for our customers:

  • High quality cleaning
  • Lower operating costs and total cost of ownership.
  • Lower environmental impact achieved through reduced waste, minimal airborne contaminants, low water usage and low energy use.
  • Lower operator health and safety risks.
  • Minimal contaminate disposal costs


  • Innovation – We will continuously improve our technology to achieve a greener future.
  • Accountability – We will deliver reliable equipment to our customers that will be fully supported. We believe that our technology will have an influence in minimizing the environmental impact of our current and future generations.
  • Health & Safety – We will continue to innovate to improve workplace safety for workers.
  • Balance – We believe a healthy work-life balance is essential for a healthy workplace.
  • High performance – We encourage our employees to be innovative and to deliver the most desirable products.


Ice blasting is an industrial cleaning technology, like sandblasting or pressure washing.  However, ice blasting uses 1/10th of the water compared to pressure washing and is more aggressive.  Unlike sandblasting, there is much less airborne contaminants during blasting and much less resultant waste to clean up after blasting.  Water ice is more accessible, can be made onsite and is much cheaper than dry ice, while being more aggressive for blasting.  Waste capturing and containment is, in general, much easier than with competing technologies.

This makes it ideal for situations where excessive water usage, high levels of airborne contaminants and/or environmental contamination is unacceptable.  This includes cleaning in enclosed spaces, regions with water scarcity, hazardous material removal, such as lead paint or asbestos abatement, and cleaning near environmentally sensitive areas.

In general, ice blasting technology is at its best cleaning off thick grease, loose/primerless paint, biological growth, dirt and mud, resins, nuclear decontamination, and hazardous material abatement, among others.

Ice is the only blast media that uses all three physical phases to advantage during blasting: its solid phase knocks off contaminants with maximum impulse, as well as scrubs the surface, its liquid phase dissolves and washes away ionic compounds, as well as helping to suppress dust, and its vapor phase evaporates, leaving behind minimal residue and dampness.

Much of the ice melts on impact and becomes a mist around the work area, making blasted off particulates damp and heavy, dragging them to the ground and leaving low levels of airborne contaminants.  Due to minimal water usage and evaporation from impact energy, the only waste left behind is a neat, slushy pile of easily captured contaminant in a tarp placed beneath the blast zone.