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Oil Absorbent

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Oil absorbent materials such as polypropylene are ideal for applications involving the safe cleanup and disposal of stray oil. Polypropylenes attractive chemical properties include its chemical resistance, and low moisture absorption. It also has excellent physical properties including a lightweight makeup and great mechanics, allowing it to be produced in many shapes with great flexibility, and easily handled by humans.

For those reasons, polypropylene has become a very important industrial textile, and can be found in oil absorbent pads, oil absorbent socks, and oil coalescers, among others. Its low moisture absorption also makes it ideal for environmental uses, and its tolerance (picking up not only petroleum-based materials, but also other similar substances) make it perfect for a variety of applications.

A Few Common Oil Absorbent Products

Polypropylene products are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Commonly available are long, flexible socks and booms, smaller pillows, and sheets of polypropylene. Each product is designed for a specific cleanup application, and using them all in tandem maximize cleanup with minimal inventory.

Socks and booms are primarily containment products. While they do absorb oil (as much as 25 times their own weight), their shape makes them ideal for quickly surrounding and containing a spill. Pillows and sheets can also act as barriers, but are better served as primary absorption tools.


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