How to Choose Pads and Socks

How to Choose Pads, Socks and Rolls

Pads, socks, rolls and cushions are available in three types, general purpose, oil & fuel and chemical.
By knowing what liquids you need to absorb will allow you to decide which type of product you should choose.
The table below gives an ‘at a glance’ synopsis of each types attributes.

Type Chemicals Solvents Oils & Fuels Common Fluids Used On Water
General Purpose No Yes Yes Yes No
Oil & Fuel No Yes Yes Some No
Chemical Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Always refer to our Selection Guide for a more comprehensive listing.

Pads & Rolls
These products can be used to soak up spillages as they happen or can be used to take apart lubricated equipment upon, catching spillages before they come into contact with any surfaces.

Premium Weight
These products are the highest absorbency pads we offer. Typically a 40 x 50cm pad will absorb 1 Litre of liquid.

Double Weight
These products offer a mid-range absorbency. Typically a 40 x 50cm pad will absorb 0.85 Litre of liquid.

Single Weight
These products offer the least absorbency and can be used simply as wipes. Typically a 40 x 50cm pad will absorb 0.5 Litre of liquid.

Bonded, Plain
Bonded products increase the strength and lower the linting effect of the product, whilst plain products are faster acting but not as strong in use and will lint easier. These are best used where durability is not such an issue.  All pads/rolls can be used with drip pans and trays where necessary.

These products can be used to go around the bottom of machinery to prevent leaky machines from spreading leakages into walkways. They can also be used to provide a perimeter containment bund to prevent large spillages spreading.

Quick Socks
These premium products work very quickly and are also able to absorb large quantities of liquids. They can subsequently be left down longer than their standard counterparts.

Standard Socks
These are less absorbent than the premium variety but are more than suitable for everyday/weekly maintenance replacement.

These products are best used where there is a persistent leak problem. They are also best used in conjunction with drip pans and trays where possible.

SpillShop proudly supports Made in Britain®

Spillshop are dedicated to sourcing the best products for the spillage, and the environment, this means looking at all aspects of responsible sourcing.
When sourcing products we look at ‘Sustainability’ as the Earths resources are a finite resource and any product that can use a recycled or reprocessed material will be considered over one that is manufactured from raw materials.
The ‘Carbon Footprint’ of the product is also important, sourcing products from within the UK or the EU is desirable over products shipped in from across the world either by sea or air into our distribution hub.

For some products, particularly those that are kits made from many components, these principles may not be possible for the whole kit, but rest assured we will source as many components according to these principles within the kit as we possible can.

Look out across the site for this symbol:-
Made in Britain

® – The Made in Britain marque is accredited to businesses that sell goods that have been manufactured or have undergone a final substantial change in the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland before sale.