The Best Oil Absorbent Pads for Dealing with Spills

A close and far set of oil spill booms across the cove of a lake to prevent an oil spill from leaving an area.

Whether you’re working in your factory or out in a field, dealing with oil can mean dealing with oil spills.

And these spills can seem overwhelming, especially in situations where oil meets water.

Fortunately, the industry has taken great strides in developing oil absorbent pads that allow water to flow through, around or over them.

Here are some absorbents that are useful for collecting oil on water:

A closeup of oil absorbent pads1. Absorbent pads

These thin, flexible oil absorbent pads vary in absorbency, making them perfect for any size spill.

2. Pillows

These are super absorbent pads that are typically used to catch leaks beneath equipment or horizontal drums. Simply place an absorbent pillow under a leaking motor and let its material do the rest.

oil absorbent pillows and sock3. Absorbent socks

When you need to control everyday machine leaks, absorbent socks are the solution. Available in lengths of 4, 8 and 12 feet, absorbent socks – also called “snakes” or “sausages” due to their shape – are adept at protecting walkways, drains and entrances.

oil absorbent booms4. Booms

These are similar to absorbent socks, only longer, and are used for trapping and containing oil on the water’s surface. They can be connected together to create a longer border.

5. Skimmer booms

oil absorbent Skimmer BoomThese absorbents are similar to the booms we described above but have a rope at their end that acts as an anchor, creating a temporary floating barrier to contain oil spills on liquid surfaces.

6. Rolls and Blankets

Rolls and blankets are similar to absorbent pads and can be rolled out to cover large areas. Typically rolls and blankets are unwoven, but when reinforced with rope they become stronger and are called “sheets”.

Absorbant Sweeps7. Absorbent Sweeps

Absorbent sweeps are one of the largest containment products around. At 100 feet, they have a spun bound layer over the sorbent material which adds strength and durability.

8. Mops and Pompons

As their name suggests, these absorbents are used just like mops but contain ultra-absorbent strands to trap and retain oil.

BaffleSystems9. Turbidity Barriers & Baffle Systems

Turbidity barriers and baffle systems are typically used to divert the flow of water away from spills which help with faster response times.

When dealing with oil spills, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Investing in prevention can wind up saving your company time, resources and money in the long run.

Y-pers is proud to carry all these oil absorbent pads and products. Contact us today to learn more about our products and how we can help you deal with spills.

The Difference Between 100% Cotton Rags and Recycled Rags

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We produce more than 20 types of wiping materials here at Y-pers, with different price points, sizes, measurements and quality.

And while the perfect rag for one person might not be right for someone else, we’ve found that most people want something made from cotton, ideally 100 percent cotton. Continue reading The Difference Between 100% Cotton Rags and Recycled Rags

Where Do Rags Come From?

Woman at work, professional maid cleaning in dental officeWe’ve been in business for nearly 100 years, and in that time, we’ve supplied millions upon millions of rags to our customers.

We’ve supplied everything from colored cotton rags to huck rags to terry towels. And again and again, our customers ask the same thing: “Where do my rags come from?”

And the answer is “A few different places.” Here’s a quick snapshot of some of them:

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