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How to choose Absorbents for the job


If you handle industrial fluids, chemicals or processed liquids for a living, Absorbents are essential in maintaining a compliant and safe workplace for employees. They help with daily maintenance in work areas and are a preventive solution when conducting day to day tasks.

Just as Ear Defenders, Hard Hats & Footwear have different functions and help protect different body parts, there are diverse types of Absorbents to help you respond to different liquid spills. They differ in size, capacity, shape, construction, and colour, just to name a few.

We can help you choose the right Absorbent for the job by selecting factors in your workplace. If you are unsure what it is you require, Live Chat with us or give us a call with your requirements. We also offer a Free Sample service so that you can test the product quality and check chemical compatibility!

Please note that these products are sold for topping up your daily supply of Absorbents. If you require products for the case of an emergency spill response, please see our range of Spill Kits!


For a good place to start, make a list of chemicals and fluids you use daily in the workplace. We highly recommend you request a chemical compatibility sheet before placing your order!

Universal Absorbents

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These sorbents soak up the widest range of liquids, ideal for maintenance and everyday applications. They absorb Oils, Coolants, Solvents and Water, which makes them useful for Farms, Factories and Production Lines.

Hydraulic Oil, Vegetable Oil, Fuel, Diesel Fuel, Antifreeze, Water-based Solvents, Propylene Glycol, Acetone, Toluene, Xylene, Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) & Non-corrosive Liquids.

Oil-Only Absorbents

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Oil absorbents repel water naturally whilst only absorbing oils, ideal for spills on land or water. Use them on Fuels and Oil-based Liquids. Perfect for cleaning up oil spills on water, in the rain or just indoors. Ideal for Machine Shops and Garages.

Motor Oil, Hydraulic Oil, Petrol, Diesel Fuel, Kerosene, Vehicle Fluids, Vegetable Oil, Oil-based Solvents.

Chemical Absorbents

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Hazmat Absorbents are treated to absorb chemical or hazardous spills without degrading or reacting to liquids such as Acids, Caustics and Unknown Liquids. Ideal in Laboratories, Factories, Farms and Pharmaceuticals.

Sulfuric Acid, Hydrochloric Acid, Nitric Acid, Hydrofluoric Acid, Phosphoric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Hydrogen Peroxide.


Because Absorbents come in so many shapes and sizes, we highly recommend you assess the types of fluid spills you are likely to have in the workplace. Depending on the spill size, severity, and location, we offer products that can help tackle your most common spills quickly and efficiently.

Absorbent Pads & Rolls

Single Absorbent Pad

Pads sold individually or in rolls are highly versatile. Use them on worktops, to soak up floor spills or to line cabinet shelves. Rolls can be used to absorb drips, leaks and spills around machinery or in front of workstations. They are a preventive solution, making them ideal for light spills.

Floor Mats & Rolls

Floor Mat for Foot & Wheeled Traffic

Traffic mats and rolls are ideal for walkways and aisles. They are heavy duty products, built for soaking up spills, leaks and drips whilst withstanding foot and vehicle traffic. Look out for features such as spunbond layers, zigzag stitching, heat fusion, needle punching or adhesive backing.

Absorbent Socks & Booms

Socks for Absorbing Floor Spills

Flexible sorbents for larger leaks and drips around machinery or surrounding floor spills to prevent spreading. They fit snugly in corners, against walls and in awkward narrow places. Booms are larger socks with connectors designed for larger spills.

Absorbent Pillows

Pillows for Large Floor Spills

With a larger surface area, absorbent pillows are perfect for soaking up large spills or leaks. Use pillows in cramped spaces, around machinery and under leaky hoses. These versatile absorbents can be used in a pan, shortening clean up time and preventing leaks even when fully saturated.

Absorbent Granules

Loose Absorbents

Loose absorbents can be poured directly onto the spill surface. Sweep them after use for a quickly, hazard-free solution. The quantity can be quickly assessed as you go, making them ideal for lighter spills in the workplace. Choose between Clay, Cellulose & Moler.

Poly Containers

Yellow Overpack Drums

Absorbents are delivered to you packaged in a box or bag. However, they should be stored in an airtight, liquid-repelling container if you want to make the most out of them! Depending on the work environment, choose between wheeled, static, or portable containers.


Absorbents are highly versatile products. They don’t only soak up hazardous fluids, but also provide visual cues or discretion, working towards a safer workplace for all! Some of our Absorbents are designed to blend into work environments, whilst others stand out for safety.

Grey & Camouflage Absorbents

Grey and Camouflage Finish

Products with a Grey colour are usually code for universal, meaning they can absorb a wide range of liquids. They are most commonly used to hide grime and for discreetly soaking up spills. The added Camo design hides grime better and can help extend product life.

Black & Blue Absorbents

Black and Blue Mat Finish

Dark coloured absorbents hide grime the best! Our black mats are ideal for floors with constant foot and vehicle traffic, which can help increase their service time. Blue mats are ideal on floors and worktops, for visual impact and blending into environments.

White Absorbents

White High Visibility Finish

White absorbents are ideal in situations where tracking the absorbency is critical. The white colour shows the level of saturation while also being high visible in the workplace. White mats can also indicate if absorbed chemicals are inert.

Yellow & Pink Absorbents

High Visibility Yellow & Pink Finish

High visibility Yellow is a highly sought colour for safety products. Absorbents are usually visible in low light conditions and alert to potential hazards nearby. Pink usually indicate higher quality of the absorbents and is more commonly used in laboratories.