DENSORB Guide: Safe & effective clean up of leaks & spills

Accidents happen - but this does not have to be a problem when you have the right equipment on hand!

Any facility that uses, processes or stores hazardous substances should have an emergency plan for the containment and effective absorption of leaks and spills. Minor leaks, machinery drips or large spills are all a risk to your staff, your company and the environment.

DENSORB absorbents reliably absorb spilled liquids and help you avoid incalculable risks and associated costs.  

Why should I use absorbents?

  • They protect employees, customers and the environment from spills

    Even in the case of minor leaks and machinery drips, the environment and your employees are at risk. Contact with hazardous substances can be incredibly dangerous for your staff. Spills can also lead to slips and falls. DENSORB absorbents reliably absorb spilled liquids and help you avoid incalculable risks and associated costs - in all industrial and chemical areas.  

  • Avoid unnecessary costs

    Chemicals and oils entering sewage, soil or ground water cause costly contamination. DENSORB absorbents can help you to avoid high clean-up and disposal costs.

  • They comply with legal regulations and environmental standards

    Regulations and environmental standards require responsible handling of hazardous liquids. Absorbents are therefore an important component of responsible emergency care. 

How do I use absorbents effectively?

The application possibilities of DENSORB binders are as diverse as the problems you can solve with them! Whether as a preventive floor cover, underlay for filling, cleaning and maintenance work or for the quick absorption of spilled liquids, if something should have gone wrong.

Absorbent Carpet for Walkways and Corridors
Mats as Absorbent Underlay
Absorbents Mats for Quick and Easy Cleaning of Tools
Rolls as absorbent Floor Covering
Absorbent Mats in Trays for Soil Sparing
Ergonomic Workplace Mats
Mats with Camouflage Pattern
Rolls as Absorbent Upholstery

What are the benefits of DENSORB absorbents?

  • Capacity & Performance
    DENSORB Characterized by a high quality fine fiber structure, DENSORB absorbents have an absorption capacity of up to 16 times their own weight. Due to the high absorption capacity, consumption is minimized and the spilled liquid is absorbed much faster. 

  • Savings on disposal
    Thanks to their lower weight and high absorption capacity, DENSORB absorbents are significantly less expensive to dispose of than conventional absorbents. 

  • Optimum safety
    DENSORB absorbents do not present any health hazards, but contribute to a safe and clean workplace. Also a potential danger of slipping is banned here.

  • Popular choice
    With its extensive product portfolio, DENSORB offers you the right absorbent for every application. 

How should absorbents be stored?

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Absorbents should be protected against permanent UV exposure and stored in a dry place. The temperature hardly plays a role during storage, since the melting temperature is 170 ° C. Oil-bonding agents should always be stored separately from universal and chemical absorbents in order to maintain their water-repellent properties. It is important to always provide sufficient absorbents within reach of stored substances so that you can react as quickly as possible in the event of a spill. With our practical DENSORB spill kits, your absorbents are always where they are needed.

What should be considered when disposing?

The absorbents themselves do not pose a safety risk. However, when used the absorbents have the property of the absorbed liquid. Used chemicals and oil absorbents must be disposed of in accordance with legal requirements. The absorbed liquid is decisive. For example, an absorbent mat used to clean up an oil spill must be treated according to the regulations of oil/waste oil disposal. 

Choose the right absorbent for your needs!

DENSORB absorbents are available for a wide variety of applications and in many practical forms. So that you can quickly find the right product for your application, we have put together all the important information and decision aids below.


Absorbs oils, coolants, solvents and water as well as non-aggressive acids and alkalis quickly and safely.


Absorbs oil without absorbing a droplet of water. For oils, petrol, diesel, solvents, petroleum (hydrocarbon-based liquids).


Should be used with acids, alkalis, aggressive and unknown fluids.

Application Areas

The suitable absorbent for your application should first be selected for the fluid to be absorbed. DENSORB absorbents are available in 3 versions for the respective application areas:


Property: Hydrophil, absorbs almost all liquids
Suitable for: Oils, coolants, lubricants, antifreeze, oil-water emulsions and other aqueous liquids as well as non-aggressive acids and alkalis
Property: Hydrophobic, absorbs hydrocarbon-based liquids, water-repellent
Suitable for: Oils, petrol, diesel, solvents and petroleum
Property: Hydrophil, chemically inert, absorbs almost all liquids, including aggressive chemicals
Suitable for: Acids, alkalis and aggressive media


If you require assistance and advice in selecting your DENSORB product call 800-216-776 today!


DENSORB absorbents are available in many practical formats. Whether for economical use with smaller droplets or with high daily consumption.

When selecting the suitable format, you can orient yourself to the application description.




DENSORB rolls are ideal for covering large areas and are available in different widths to meet your requirements. All rolls are perforated in the middle and across every 40cm, allowing you to easily tear off the amount required and use only as much as you need. 

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Whether for absorbing liquids during maintenance or cleaning work or for the effective control of leaks - DENSORB pads are truly multi-talented.

They enable a need-oriented and economical application in daily operation and are also perfect for long-term use wherever small drip losses have to be absorbed. DENSORB pads are also suitable for absorbing spills and leaks.

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Absorbent Socks



DENSORB socks are indispensable in the fight against leaks. They have a high absorption capacity and are easy to use.

Socks are ideal for use to absorb liquids that have leaked from machines, drums, and in work areas. The flexible polyester case makes it easy to bend the absorbent sock into shape, therefore containing the leak and preventing it from spreading.

DENSORB socks can also reach areas that are difficult to access.

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DENSORB cushions have a large capacity and a small footprint, and thanks to their flexible shape, they are ideally suited for reliably absorbing leaking liquids or drip losses in difficult-to-access areas.

A special polypropylene provides as a filler a particularly good absorption capacity. DENSORB cushions are thus perfect for continuous use, e.g. bottling.

DENSORB cushions are also your reliable tool for the prevention of leaks.

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DENSORB Drum Covers

DENSORB Drum Top Pads

When using pumps or funnels on the standing drum, DENSORB reliably ensures that the barrel lid remains clean and nothing goes wrong.

DENSORB drum top pads are specially designed for 200 liter drums and are exclusively available in UNIVERSAL for the reception of oils, coolants, solvents and non-aggressive acids and alkalis.

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Material Thickness

Other important criteria for the right product to meet your needs is the level of absorption capacity and its durability. These are, among other things, dependent on the material thickness of the products.

DENSORB rolls and mats are available in two thicknesses.  



Normal material thickness, very flexible and ideal for absorbing small amounts of liquid during repairs, smaller leaks or in production days.


DENSORB HEAVY = double absorbing capacity

Extra thick material thickness with maximum absorption capacity.

The high tear strength allows for longer-term use and / or absorption of higher amounts of liquid, e.g. For larger leaks.



The higher the durability, the stronger and longer the product can be stressed and remain in use.

Depending on the application, you should consider whether you need an extremely strong durability or whether a normal quality is sufficient for your purposes.

DENSORB rolls and mats are available in 3 different qualities:





High absorption capacity ensures long-term use. 

DENSORB rolls and mats in premium quality are suitable for the highest demands on durability and cleanliness thanks to their multi-layered construction. A two-sided reinforcement of the binding fleece by a liquid-permeable protective layer ensures highest tear and abrasion resistance. Another advantage: Premium quality tapes are lint-free and ideally suited for sensitive applications and surfaces.



Extra quality for high demands on durability and efficiency.

DENSORB mats and rollers in extra quality have an additional lint-free protective fleece on the upper side. This additional robust layer provides a high tear and abrasion resistance.

Ideal for almost all applications - for example as a hard-wearing floor cover, for long-term use or for cleaning work.



Designed for most everyday applications.

DENSORB mats and rolls in economy quality are high-strength absorbent material without additional reinforcement on the upper or lower side. They are suitable for economical use in the disposal of small leaks or for daily use in cleaning, maintenance and repair work.

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