How fast do sorbents work?
That depends on several factors. The characteristic of the liquid to be soaked up has a large impact on the speed of absorbency.
- Alcohol and water are considered light viscosity liquids and are absorbed very quickly by most sorbents.
- Oils and paints are considered heavy viscous liquids and require more time to be absorbed than light viscosity liquids.
The type of sorbent being used can have an effect on clean up times.
Traditional clay type sorbents are inefficient, absorbing only 25% of their weight. They require crushing or walking in coupled with lots of time to soak up the spill.
Polypropylene sorbents absorb light viscosities fast but heavy liquids can take much longer and capacity of sorbent is reduced
WYK Brand socks and pillows are the fastest sorbent on the market today! They can reach saturation in less than 20 seconds on lighter viscosity liquids. They also absorb over 14 times their own weight!
WYK Safety and WYK Super Sorbent granular sorbent are by far the fastest and most efficient forms of sorbent for land based oil spill cleanup. Simply put it down and sweep it up! It works that fast, no waiting, walking in. Just cover, sweep inward and pick up and you have a dry surface left behind!