Ultra X-Tex has a variety of uses as it pertains to stormwater and cleanup applications. It is made of a proprietary blend of fibers that are treated and naturally absorb oils and greases from water while allowing water to flow through the material.
Ultra-X-Tex material is also an exceptional tool for oil spill cleanup. The rolled fabric is different than polypropylene in that it allows water to instantly filter through the material and pulls off the oil selectively as the material is hydrophilic. Polypropylene repels the water and this can make it take longer for the oil to be readily absorbed in a surf environment where the oil is no longer a surface sheen, rather it is being broken up in the surf.
American Society for Testing and Materials(ASTM)
Definitions: taken from "Standard Test Methods for Sorbent Performance of adsorbents ASTM Designation F726 99."
X-Tex removes oil and other hydrocarbons much faster than traditional absorbents. A polypropylene sorbent material will not allow water to freely pass through it. Oil will absorb at the surface of a polypropylene absorbent, and the polypropylene will eventually blind over and the center will not absorb any oil.
Is it though? When you simply compare the cost per foot (or inch), then yes, it is cheaper. But when you take a closer look and consider how much more X-Tex absorbs, you will quickly see that not only is X-Tex the better choice from a performance standpoint but it is also the better choice from a cost standpoint.
Yes, approximately 85-90 % of sorbed oils can be reclaimed from Ultra-X-Tex and the media reused, through a press or centrifuge.
Ultra-X-Tex is environmentally benign and user-friendly. It does not leach harmful substances into the environment and when incinerated produces minimal residue or ash.
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