Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Bagged Absorbents: Using SpillFix Products
Q: How do I know how much to use?
A: As a general rule apply until no free liquid is visible.
Q: When should I use SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent?
A: SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent should be used to cleanup all types of fluid spills on hard surfaces. It will effectively absorb a wide range of fluids including fuels, lubricants, coolants, acids and oils (mineral, vegetable, animal, synthetic).
Q: How does SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent work?
A: The coir fiber in SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent has been specially processed to effectively absorb fluids without breaking down. SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent works like tiny sponges that can absorb up to 9 times its own weight. After the fluid is absorbed, SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent is unlikely to leach, which makes SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent easy to handle throughout the disposal process.
Q: Can you use SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent on chemical spills?
A: Yes, SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent is suitable for water-based and oil-based spills.
Q: Can SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent be used on acid and caustic spills?
A: It can be used on the commonly used acids and caustics however DO NOT USE this SpillFix on highly concentrated and volatile corrosives (acids and alkalis), volatile solvents, formaldehyde, and hazardous organic waste.
Q: Can used absorbent be disposed in normal waste?
A: Lubricants and fuel spills absorbed by SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent can be disposed of in normal landfill waste disposal. Check with your local authorities if in doubt.
Q: How should SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent be stored?
A: Store in a dry location. Opened bags should be closed over to avoid direct exposure to the air. If SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent appears dry SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent will often only be the surface material only.
Q: When SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent appears to be slightly moist. Is this ok?
A: Yes, this is a very important part of the performance of the absorbent particularly for absorbing lubricants.
Q: How do I clean up?
A: Sweep or shovel the absorbed waste then give the surface a final broom. If the surface has any residue then apply a small amount of SpillFix, and broom again.
Q: Can you use SpillFix Organic Absorbents prior to spillage as a safety measure?
A: Yes, the products can be used prior to spillage as a safety measure. By covering surfaces prone to spillage such as loading areas, refueling depots and workshops, you can avoid floor staining and seepage of hazardous liquids.
Q: Can SpillFix Organic Absorbents be used for Oil spills on water?
A: Yes, but it is not designed for that purpose (not recommended).
Q: Is SpillFix safe to use?
A: Yes, it meets and exceeds the EPA and OH&S requirements for safety and health. SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent is non-toxic, non-flammable, and safe for humans, animals and plant life.
Q: Is SpillFix dangerous to breathe?
A: No, but it is considered a "nuisance dust" and avoiding any prolonged inhalation is recommended.
Q: Will it damage my floors?
A: No, it does no harm to tile, cement, asphalt or carpet floors.
Differences compared with other Absorbents
Q: What makes SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent eco-friendly?
A: SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent is a Floor Sweep made from coir, which is a fiber that comes from the husk of the coconut. This all natural, renewable resource makes SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent the eco-friendly industrial absorbent.
Q: Does SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent contain oil eating bugs?
A: No, and nor should it as hydrocarbons will degrade in landfill waste by the natural micro-organisms - introduced bugs simply have no effect in waste disposal.
Q: What is the difference between SpillFix and kitty litter?
A: SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent rapidly absorbs spills on contact where as kitty litter takes much longer to absorb. You will use much less and will not leave a muddy stain on the surface.
Q: Are all organic absorbents the same?
A: Definitely NO. SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent is made from coir which does not contain any residual pesticides or chemicals. Many other organic absorbents are chemically treated.
Q: Is SpillFix products made from renewable resources?
A: Yes, SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent is produced from coconut husks. No trees are ever cut down, and there is no mining involved in producing these products.
Q: Kitty Litter is cheap, how does SpillFix compare in price?
A: Kitty Litter is inexpensive, but has a low absorption ratio (volume applied vs. volume absorbed). This is a factor in tipping fees at both landfills and Waste to Energy Plants, as well as in the valuable landfill space taken up by this material. One pound of Kitty Litter will only pick-up less than one pint of 10w40 motor oil, whereas one pound of SpillFix will absorb nearly 4 pints.
Q: Kitty Litter does not do a very good job of cleaning up my spills, I usually have to use another product to get the oil slick off the floor, and of course all of this takes time. How does SpillFix compare in this area?
A: SpillFix requires no secondary cleaning, leaves no residue, does not soil any waste containers and leaves a perfectly dry waste stream.
Safety and Disposal of SpillFix
Q: Is SpillFix hazardous to use?
A: No SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent is completely safe, and non hazardous products.
Q: Why are SpillFix Absorbents safer to use?
A: SpillFix Absorbents does not contain carcinogenic crystalline silica or hazardous chemical and pesticides residue common in other absorbents.
Q: Does SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent meet environmental disposal standards?
A: Each local environmental agency has specific regulations. SpillFix has been tested to USEPA standards -Paint Filter and Leachate tests.
Q: Can used absorbent be incinerated?
Q: Is SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent flammable?
A: It has be tested to international standards, and SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent is regarded as not flammable - use caution with highly volatile and vaporous solvents and fuels.
Q: Is SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent biodegradable?
A: Yes, SpillFix Universal Organic Absorbent is 100% organic matter and is totally biodegradable.
Q: Where can I buy SpillFix products?
A: You can buy direct from water Clean Ltd in Wrexham or through our trained distribution network, whichever is more convenient.
Q: How is SpillFix packaged?
A: It comes packaged in PP woven valve bags. The bags are highly durable, waterproof and recyclable. They are a block sided format bag which increases shipping and storage efficiency.
Q: How is SpillFix shipped?
A: The product is packed on pallets of 48 bags, wrapped and strapped for easy transshipment to customers.