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What is the Best Oil Absorbent for Firemen?

The Best Oil Absorbent for Firemen

In any agency dealing with emergency response, an absorbent must be on hand for things like wrecks or gas station mishaps. Firemen are no strangers to oil absorbents for this reason.

Currently, the most common product used by agencies reacting to automobile spills is a slow working, heavy clay-based product resembling kitty litter.

What You Need to Know About Clay

  • Clay products absorb about 1/15th of oil than what other absorbents can.

  • Watching clay soak up oil is like watching paint dry, or water boil. It takes longer than you'd like.

  • Clay is heavy. A 40 lb bag can absorb only 2 gallons of oil. (Our 11 lb bag of Biosorb can absorb around 11 gallons of oil).

  • It is cheap--but only on the front end. Oil soaked clay is a hazardous material, and requires further expenses for disposal.

Oil Dri oil absorbent compared to ecofriendly, biodegradable oil absorbent, Kengro Biosorb

The Best Alternative:  Kengro Biosorb

  • Using one bag of Biosorb can prevent 196 POUNDS of clay from going to HAZMAT, or worse, a landfill.
  • Kengro Biosorb is all natural and biodegradable. Firemen may sprinkle Biosorb over a spill and leave it there.
  • Biosorb is RAPIDLY absorbent. It sinks down into oil immediately, meaning you guys can get back to other tasks as soon as possible.
  • In most states, there are no disposal costs for Biosorb.  Because Biosorb is a bioremediation agent, it will eat the oil and then biodegrade over time.
  • Kengro Biosorb is cost comparable to clay!

Here's How to Use It

Gas station oil spill Kengro Biosorb

1. You encounter a spill like this one.

Firemen using Kengro Biosorb biodegradable oil absorbent to clean up a spill.

2. Sprinkle 12 lb bag of Biosorb in a very thin layer on top of the spill.

3. Move product around to ensure equal coverage.

4. Leave Biosorb on the spill in smaller wrecks. The product will finish absorbing and be blown away naturally.


5. Sweep up the product and dispose according to state law.  

Unlike other products, oil soaked Biosorb is not considered a hazardous material. We normally throw ours in the backyard!

For inquiries and a special quote for readers of this blog post, contact alexandra@kengro.com.

For more information on Biosorb, visit https://www.kengro.com/products/biosorb.