Ultra-X-Tex®

State-of-the-art, high-performance sorbent, and filter media

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 adsorb oils and greases from water while allowing water to flow through the material.

Ultra X-Tex will hold onto the oils and greases and will not release them back into the water.

  • Produced from recycled synthetic fibers. 
  • Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, materials are blended and processed into a lightweight fiber mass with an enormous surface area and interstitial spaces creating a high-performance sorbent and filter media.
  • Designed for use as a durable long lasting geotextile and filter media.
  • Allows large volumes of water to pass through while sorbing liquid hydrocarbons, including petroleum, animal and vegetable oils.
  • Cost effective — absorbs an average of 13 times its own weight of liquid hydrocarbons.
  • Great for use in oil/water separators, stormwater and wastewater filtration systems and water "polishing" applications.

 

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Ultra-X-Tex is a new and unique lipophilic media with a multitude of potential environmental applications.  Ultra-X-Tex is produced from recycled synthetic fibers. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, these fibers are blended and processed into a lightweight fiber mass with enormous surface area and interstitial spaces creating a high-performance sorbent and filter media.  Our fiber blend is also utilized in our Ultra-X-Tex Rolled Fabric, designed for use as a durable long lasting geotextile and filter media. 

  • Because Ultra-X-Tex is lipophilic (oil attracting), it is very efficient in removing hydrocarbons from water.
  • Ultra-X-Tex excels as a spill removal media capable of sorbing liquid hydrocarbons, including petroleum, animal and vegetable oils onto its vast fiber mass surfaces and into process-created interstitial spaces.
  • When used as a filter medium, water passes freely, while adsorption of target hydrocarbons begins on contact. Ultra-X-Tex is extremely efficient due to the enormous lipophilic surface area of the altered fibers.
  • Ultra-X-Tex works well as a fibrous supporting matrix for other water conditioning materials such as selective zeolites, activated carbon, zero-valent iron filings, etc.  Ultra-X-Tex can be ‘conditioned’ to remove specific chemical compounds.
  • Ultra-X-Tex is cost-effective in comparison to many conventional filtering media, adsorbing/absorbing an average of 13 times its own weight of liquid hydrocarbons.
  • Approximately 85-90 % of sorbed oils can be reclaimed from Ultra-X-Tex and the media reused.
  • In bench-scale testing, Ultra-X-Tex has shown promising results in filtering out emulsified oils and hydrocarbons out of a water stream.  This characteristic creates opportunities for the use of Ultra-X-Tex in oil/water separation applications and other hydrocarbon filter projects.
  • Ultra-X-Tex forms into cohesive mats or “wads” which can easily conform to various applications or filter devices.
  • 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.

Ultra-X-Tex

Part # Description Dimensions Oil Capacity gal./sq. yd. (L/sq.yd) Weight lbs. (kg) Where to Buy
9310 Rolled Fabric 60" W x 250' L (1,524 mm x 76 mm) 1.5 (5.7) 125.0 (57.0)

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Ultra-X-Tex vs. Polypropylene

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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