From manufacturing plants and medical labs to the automotive, aviation, and steel fabrication industries, the laser is becoming the most preferred method for surface cleaning of materials. Although the use of lasers in cutting, drilling, and welding applications is well known, its current adaptation in industrial cleaning applications is relatively new and unexplored. This current application of lasers came as a result of the need for a nonhazardous, nonabrasive cleaning method that could be used as a substitute in applications where chemical, manual, and abrasive blasting methods were formerly used. Key problems presented by conventional cleaning methods include negative environmental impact and wear on the substrate. Abrasive blasting systems created significant amounts of waste and damaged delicate surfaces, while the use of chemical solvents resulted in potentially hazardous vapors and liquid waste products. This led to the adaptation of laser technology in surface cleaning applications. Due to its many benefits, laser cleaning is now the most effective method of removing unwanted matter from the surface of materials. Currently, there is a wide array of pulsed laser cleaning...