Absorbent Rolls & Mats
Absorbent rolls and Absorbent mats are long lengths of material wound onto a roll that are capable of absorbing liquid spillages. Most rolls are perforated at set distances allowing a predetermined continuous length of absorbent material to be easily ripped off for use. Plain rolls will need to be hand cut to length allowing for exact measurement to be achieved. Ideal for using on the workfloor or on work benches with many different widths available for dealing with any liquid.
Absorbent Roll Types
There are three types of absorbent rolls available, chemical rolls, oil & fuel rolls and general purpose rolls. Each have differing abilities to absorb different liquid types and are broken down as follows:-
General Purpose absorbent rolls are suitable for solvents, oil & fuels, non-corrosive liquids, common fluids and water based fluids.
Oil & Fuel absorbent rolls are suitable for solvents, oil & fuels and some common fluids (will repel water based fluids).
Chemical absorbent rolls are suitable for chemicals, hazardous liquids, solvents, oil & fuels, common fluids and water based fluids.
A more comprehensive list can be seen by viewing our Selection Guide.
Absorbent rolls are a very versatile product. They can be ripped to a short length to be used as a continuous roll of absorbent pads or ripped in long lengths and placed on work benches prior to disassembly or messy jobs. Wider rolls are more generally used on the floor, such as along the length of lathes or milling machines where cutting fluids can splash onto floor areas. Using the absorbent rolls in this way means the machine operator is not walking around on a slippery floor, eliminating the potential of slipping accidents.
To suit a variety of applications the rolls are available in width sizes of 13cm, 38cm, 40cm, 50cm, 76cm, 80cm, and 100cm giving an unrivalled choice to the end user. To aid quick identification of the widths of a roll you will find icons indicating the width above the text descriptions:-
Becoming ever increasingly popular, customers are choosing to mount their rolls onto roll holders to facilitate easy dispense. The roll holders are available as floor standing or wall mounted and both come in four different widths to accommodate any size roll of your choice.
The absorbent capability of each roll is dictated by its thickness. The most absorbent roll in the Spillshop range is the Quad thickness pad, comprising of many many layers of melt-blown polypropylene woven together for maximum absorbency. The Premium thickness range roll, like the Quad are ideal for dealing with situations where a reasonably large volume of liquid will need to be absorbed. The mid-range Double thickness rolls are an all-rounder, still capable of dealing with a reasonably large spill and flexible enough to be used as a wipe. The Single thickness roll can still be used in exactly the same way as its thicker counterparts but also have the ideal ability to be used as wipes to clean up messy and oily machinery or components.
To aid quick identification of the thickness of a roll you will find icons indicating the thickness above the text descriptions:-
Like the absorbent pads, the absorbent rolls are available in two formats, bonded or plain. Bonded rolls have the layers of the roll spot-welded together making them incredibly durable and fit for heavy duty usage. Furthermore, these rolls are perforated along the roll length allowing them to be torn to a required size resulting in less wastage if used properly. Plain rolls are not spot-welded together, leaving a slightly rougher feel which allows this type of roll to start absorbing at a quicker rate than the bonded ones. In some thicknesses the plain rolls are slightly more absorbent than the bonded options. The plain rolls are as strong and durable as the bonded ones, but the surface of the plain rolls may start to deteriorate quicker than the bonded ones when used in a vigorous environment.
To aid quick identification of the description of a roll you will find icons indicating Bonding and/or Perforation above the text descriptions:-
The most popular way of packaging the rolls is 'poly wrapped', simply wrapped in transparent plastic packaging, cutting down on the cost of purchase and the end cost of disposal of the packaging. Packaged this way keeps the rolls dry and free from contamination. In some case the rolls can come supplied in traditional cardboard boxes offering full choice to the customer.
To aid quick identification of the packaging of a pad you will find icons indicating Dispenser Box, Boxed or Poly Wrapped above the text descriptions:-
Absorbent mats or Traffic mats as they are sometimes known are designed to be walked on. Only available as a general purpose option they are popular deployed in walkways to keep a floor area from becoming slippery. The unbacked version is simply a very rugged hard wearing absorbent mat that will allow spillages to be absorbed but will not prevent them from coming into contact with the floor underneath. The backed version is the same mat but has an impermeable backing attached to it (a bit like a household door mat). This prevents any liquid coming into contact with the floor underneath and is used primarily to protect sensitive floor coverings. The traffic mats come in widths of 91cm and come as either a continuous roll that can be cut to a desired length or in packs of five in 3M lengths.
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