Recycled fabric allows water to instantly filter through while pulling off oil

Ultra-X-Tex material, a long-time staple in our stormwater management product line is 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.

There are many ways that Ultra X-Tex can be used. Here are some standard products that are now available from UltraTech:

  1. Oil Blankets are a concept that is being well received as a last line of defense along the shore and in the surf. Each 5' x 10' Oil Blanket can hold up to 3.9 gallons of oil.
  2. Spill Fence - this "silt fence" type application uses stakes and wire backing, the Ultra X-Tex can be placed in front of marshes, wetlands and any shoreline where it's relatively flat water. The ability of Ultra X-Tex to allow water to easily flow through it while pulling off the oil makes it an excellent filter material and protective barrier for sensitive estuaries.
  3. Oil Booms - Available from UltraTech in 6' lengths with pre-installed connecting hardware. The Skirted Model also provides a 34" skirt to capture sub-surface oil. 
  4. Stormwater Management - Ultra-X-Tex is available in many of our Stormwater Management products.


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Part # Description Dimensions in. (mm) Weight lbs. (kg) Where to Buy
9310 Rolled Fabric 60" W x 250' L (1,524 mm x 76 mm) 125.0 (57.0)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I use X-Tex instead of the polypropylene absorbents that everyone else uses?
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.  Click here to learn more about the advantages that X-Tex has over polypropylene.


But polypropylene is cheaper than X-Tex!
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.  Take a look at this example.


Is Ultra-X-Tex new?  I don't want any surprises.
Far from it.  X-Tex has been in use in industrial and stormwater applications for more than ten years.


Is X-Tex easy to use?
Yes, it can be easily cut using a large pair of scissors and sewn on with a heavy-duty/industrial sewing machine.


Can absorbed oil be removed/extracted from Ultra-X-Tex?
Yes, approximately 85-90 % of sorbed oils can be reclaimed from Ultra-X-Tex and the media reused, through a press or centrifuge.


Is Ultra-X-Tex safe for the environment?
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.


What is the flow rate for Ultra-X-Tex?
The flow rate for X-Tex is 151 gal/ft2/min. or 6152 l/m2/min.) 


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