Media Blasting Services

Effective industrial cleaning extends the life of equipment, reducing or eliminating costly repair, replacement or rental programs.

However, manual cleaning is often delayed to prevent shutdown of production lines, and standard media blasting services create more issues than they solve. Hughes Environmental uses specific media for blasting that was handpicked to best serve our customers' needs. Our blasting services streamline the cleaning process with expert knowledge and superior media options.

Dry Ice Media

Dry ice blasting utilizes a unique combination of forces to powerfully lift surface contaminates without causing damage or creating harmful secondary waste. Similar to sand blasting, bead blasting, and soda blasting, dry ice cleaning prepares and cleans surfaces using a medium accelerated in a pressurized air stream. But that’s where the similarity ends.

Abrasive blasting, such as sandblasting, can damage surfaces and requires a significant amount of time for cleanup. Power washing spreads dirty water everywhere, and can damage equipment and electronics. Dry ice blast cleaning creates no secondary waste because the CO2 blast media sublimates on impact, and it is safe to use on most electronics. CO2 cleaning is also a form of non-abrasive cleaning, which will keep the surfaces being cleaned from getting damaged during the cleaning process.

Dry Ice Cleaning Applications & Industries:

Food & Beverage

Plastic & Rubber

Paint & Graffiti Removal

Storage Tanks

Mold Remediation


Medical Equipment

Foundry & Welding

Motors & Fans

Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

Industrial & Manufacturing

Historical Restoration


General Maintenance


Printing & Packaging

Power Generation

Injection Molds & Dies

Surface Prep For Painting

Equipment Degreasing

Dry Ice Blasting Benefits:

Minimal Set Up/Tear Down

No Media Waste

Non-Abrasive & Eco-Friendly

Dry Process

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Crushed Glass Media

For many blast applications, crushed glass is your best choice. Crushed glass, manufactured from 100% recycled bottle glass, offers the heavy-duty cutting action you may need for applications where an aggressive surface profiling is required. Crushed glass is also perfect for the removal of heavy coatings such as epoxy, paint, alkyds, vinyl, polyurea coal tar and elastomeric. The glass particles’ rough, sharp edges ensure a whiter, cleaner finish to the substrate. Crushed glass also provides superior rust back performance versus mineral / coal slag abrasives.
Crushed Glass rust removal

Crushed Glass Cleaning Applications & Industries:


Thick Coating


Structural Steel

Paint Stripping


Concrete Preparation


Enamel Coating

Surface Restoration


Cleaning & Restoring Wood




Crushed Glass Blasting Benefits:


Uniform Density

Recycled Material

No Rusting/Mineral Deposits

Non-Abrasive & Eco-Friendly

Minimal Dust

Clean & Bright Finish

No Residue/Discoloration/Odor

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Garnet Media

Garnet Blasting Services
Garnet abrasive is one of the most versatile media for blast cleaning. Garnet abrasive is a naturally occurring silicate crystal. The harder types of garnet like almandine are utilized for more aggressive purposes and have a hardness on the Mohs size of about 6.5 to 7.5. Once refined, it is washed, prepared, and screened to the necessary size gradation for use as an abrasive.

Where conditions permit Garnet Abrasives can be reused. Usually, Garnet Abrasive creates a very minimum amount of dust than expendable abrasives such as Crushed Glass Grit.

Garnet Cleaning Applications & Industries:

Industrial Steel


Heavy Coating

Mill Scale

Surface Profiling on New Steel



Vapor Blasting

Waterjet Cutting

Garnet Blasting Benefits:


High Recyclability

Heavy Duty

Cost Effective

Good for Confined Spaces


Minimal Dust


Fast Cutting

Superior Surface Coating

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Soda ARMEX™ Media

When cleaning or restoring parts, surfaces or substrates that cannot have base materials removed or specifications and surface tolerances change the only blasting abrasive to use is ARMEX™. Other hard blasting abrasives can remove surface materials from parts and substrates damaging and changing the specifications along with surface tolerances permanently damaging what you are trying to clean or restore.

The gentle physical propriety of baking soda but yet aggressive cleaning ability is what makes ARMEX™ the only choice. ARMEX™ is also environmentally-friendly and soluble. Use ARMEX™ to clean, degrease, remove contaminants, burnt on carbon, paint, fire damage and mold remediation from a wide variety of substrates including steel, lead, aluminum, alloys, plastics, rubbers, composites and masonry materials.
Soda Blasting example

Soda ARMEX™ Cleaning Applications & Industries:

Coating Removal


FDA Regulated Facilities


Industrial Equipment

Automotive & Transportation

Surface Preservation

Mold Remediation

Paint/Oil/Dirt/Grease Removal


Processing Equipment

Manufacturing Equipment

Drilling/Mining Equipment

Anilox Rolls


Fire Remediation

Soda ARMEX™ Blasting Benefits:


Surface Preservation


Easy, Low Cost Waste Disposal

Removes Odors

Cleaning & Coating in One Step

No Sparks

Natural Rust Inhibitor

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Coal Slag Media

Coal Slag Media Blasting example
Coal slag has become more in demand due to its cleaning ability, low free silica, and wide array of mesh sizes. The granules are angular in shape to enhance the cutting ability, making them suitable for a wide variety of uses. All grades of coal slag are washed and have a dust suppressant added to them.

Coal slag is an abrasive blasting media that is created as a recycled byproduct of coal combustion in power plants. The slag forms unique angular shapes making it a perfect material for a variety of applications.

Primarily used for the surface preparation of steel and concrete surfaces. Can also use as general-purpose repair and maintenance blasting of coated steel surfaces.

Coal Slag Cleaning Applications & Industries:

Rust Removal

Surface Preparation

Weathered Coating




Paint Removal

Coal Slag Blasting Benefits:

Recycled Media


Low Cost

Low Dust

Fast/Efficient Results

Minimal Preparation

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