How To Choose The Right Absorbents

How to choose the right Absorbents are a large category of products which includes pads, rolls, pillows, socks, booms, mats etc. The confusion is that,

They are made up of variety of materials.

They are available in various colours.

They are available in multiple formats.

They are available in different constructions

It can be a bit intimidating to pick the best one for your application.

Hence, we have broken it down in the simplest way for you.

CHOOSING BASED ON TYPE OF MATERIALS

Polypropylene

absorbent polypropylene

Absorbent Polypropylene offers you a great absorbency capacity relative to cost. It is lightweight and clean to handle. It holds together well and has virtually no problems with shelf life. Dispose of through high temperature incineration or appropriate landfill.

Organic

organic

Sustainable cotton-based absorbents feature an extremely high absorbency rate. They are also very light and clean to use and can be land-farmed. Cotton-based absorbents are not as compact to transport as polypropylene however and are slightly more expensive.

CHOOSING BASED ON TYPE OF FLUIDS SPILLED

oil fules & hydrocarbon based application

Oils, Fuels & Hydrocarbon Based Applications

When there is an oil or oil-based spills then the white sorbents are the ones to use. White sorbents also called as Oil Only sorbents are hydrophobic in nature. They repel water and hence are a great choice for offshore based spill applications.

aggressive unknown & Hazardous chemical application

Aggressive, Unknown & Hazardous Chemical Applications

If you are handling aggressive or unknown chemical fluids, then the chemical sorbents which are generally yellow or pink in colour are the ones to use.

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Coolants, Oils, Water and Solvent Based Applications

If you're likely to spill a mixture of liquids such as degreaser, water-based chemicals, coolants or small amounts of oils & fuels, then the grey general-purpose absorbents are most suitable. These sorbents are hydrophilic in nature which makes them absorb water as well..

CHOOSING BASED ON TYPE OF APPLICATION

CHOOSING BASED ON TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION

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Non Bonded / Meltblown

In this construction the polypropylene fibres that are blown in one pass and do not feature any sonic bond points. This makes the fabric slightly more absorbent but it also makes the sheet less durable, and more prone to linting due to lack of sonic bond points.

spunbound meltblown

Spunbound - Meltblown (SM)

The Spunbound Meltblown construction like its name suggests is actually where we sonically attach a thin layer of 'no-lint' spun-bond material onto the top surface of the absorbent. This reduces the linting and considerably durability, which is important where foot traffic is concerned

spunbound meltblown spunbound construction

Spunbound - Meltblown - Spunbound (SMS)

This construction features an absorbent core that is put between two non-linting, extra durable, spun-bond cover sheets. This variant is the best for strength and results in an absorbent which gives virtually no-linting at all. It is however a point of caution that foot traffic should be avoided due to its slippery construction.

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