If you run a business where your workers deal with greasiness and oil on a daily basis, a regular clean up is more than essential. That being said, sponges are no longer the №1 ally for cleaning oil spills. Today, there are lost of oil absorbent products available on the market, out of which the oil absorbent pads are the handiest and most useful absorbent solution.
As you might have guessed, the purpose of these pads is to absorb oil. They are available in a range of sizes and types thus choosing the right one should mainly depend on your specific purpose. Generally speaking, oil absorbent pads are available in white colour and are made of cotton fibres or polymers and their main goal is to repel water and absorb oil.
When it comes to choosing the right size, specialists say the larger you choose the better. Since they are labelled as heavy-duty type of pads, they can be used for cleaning up and wiping down equipment in both wet and dry conditions. What’s more, the white oil type of absorbent pads can absorb up to 10 times their own weight in oil and have a fast wicking power to clean up oil and fuel spills in wet environments including drains, lakes, ponds, rivers, etc. Regarding the use, they are usually used in factories, warehouses, workshops, transport depots, for vehicle and maintenance workshops, for fuel and oil handling facilities, etc.
As already mentioned, the white absorbent pads repel water and absorb oil, however, you can also opt for grey absorbent pads the purpose of which is to absorb both oil and water.
Both white and grey pads can also absorb gasoline, petroleum and diesel, but in order to give you the best results, you should opt for the right size and thickness. For example, major spills require the use of large and thick absorbent pads, while for cleaning smaller spillages the use of thinner pads would be best.
Another important thing you need to know about these absorbent pads is how to dispose of them. Unused absorbent pads can be thrown in a solid waste landfill while used pads that don’t show any signs of free-flowing oil, gas, etc., and ones that doesn’t exhibit any signs of hazardous waste could be disposed in a solid waste landfill. On the other hand, those pads that have been soaked in oil, diesel, gas or any other type of hazardous liquid should be disposed the proper way which mainly depends on your state and federal government.