How to clean-up an oil spill

How to clean-up an oil spill

Since we are in the business of oil absorbents, we know a little bit about recovering spills and thought we would share a little bit of what we know with you.  The problem with most oil spills is that they were never planned to happen, happen at the wrong time and we just simply were not ready or trained how to respond to them.  Oil Sponge is simply the best oil absorbent on the market today and will absorb most any hydrocarbon spill faster and more efficiently than any absorbent on the market today.

Below you will find some simple direction on using Oil Sponge to recover an incidental spill.  If you are a company, always make sure that you follow any protocol that you may have in place first

MRO Facility Applications

 Report all “REPORTABLE SPILLS” to your EHS manager or as listed in your spill procedures manual.

 Absorbing of oils and fuels

Oil Sponge absorbents are perfect for absorbing all free petroleum based products that have been spilt on a hard surface. Oil Sponge will absorb a variety of spilled liquids, but is most suited for hydrocarbon-based or petroleum spills like oils and fuels.  Oil Sponge is not meant for use on water, it if for land-based spills only.  For a comprehensive listing of liquids Oil Sponge will absorb please consult our website at

Directions for use

Apply enough Oil Sponge to completely cover the spill and work in the absorbent to the spill with a stiff bristled brush or the backside of a non-ferrous shovel (flat blade works best).  It is important to remember to sweep the spill in multiple directions to remove any absorbent from cracks, crevasses or holes that may be present in the surface material.

If the absorbent becomes very dark or “wet” looking, you may need to add more Oil Sponge absorbent.  The absorbent will turn a darker brown when absorbing, but should be dry to the touch and not “wet” or “shiny” looking.  If the absorbent is “wet” looking then the absorbed liquid will leach back into the environment.  Oil Sponge may be reused up to saturation.

Recover the spent absorbent with a shovel and return to a proper recovery bin or HAZMAT drum for final disposal.  Unused Oil Sponge may be separated from the used absorbent by classifying through a classification system.  This will allow the user to extend the use of the absorbent by only disposing of the used absorbent.  For ideas on how to build a classifying system contact your account executive or

NOTE– Oil Sponge is shipped in Rough-Duty bags which also make an excellent temporary storage bin for recovered absorbent.

Because Oil Sponge is a “fine-fiber” absorbent it is always important to apply the absorbent as close to the spill as possible.  Never dump the product from a height greater than your knees unless collateral “dusting” is not a concern.

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