Acme Sponge Company brands contain natural sponges, cellulose sponges and polyester sponges for different types of applications and are processed, sized, packaged and priced with you and your intended use in mind. Our brands include “The Natural”, “Aqua Sponge” and “Duro-Cel.”
The Acme line of natural sponges include Wool sponges, Yellow sponges and Grass sponges. These sponges are used primarily for bath, body, kitchen, automotive, as well as faux painting and finishing applications. While our cellulose sponges and polyester sponges are used for all types of general cleaning (including dry cleaning), they are also used for construction, texturing, painting and janitorial applications. We offer a wide range of sizes, textures, densities and shapes for many different applications.
The Acme Sponge Company, Inc. is the industry leader in sponge products. We have built a reputation for consistently providing quality products at a competitive price. What separates ACME brands from other brands, is our attention to detail and focus on quality. At Acme, we are dedicated to providing the best selection and service to our customers through control of the production process and our huge inventory. This commitment starts at the point of raw material sourcing and ends with a satisfied user experience.
Acme Brands of Sponges
Acme Sponge brands include “The Natural”, “Aqua Sponge” and “Duro-Cel.” Our brands contain natural sponges, cellulose sponges and polyester sponges for different types of applications and are processed, sized, packaged and priced with those in mind. The Acme line of natural sponges include Wool sponges, Yellow sponges and Grass sponges. These sponges are used primarily for bath, body, kitchen, automotive, as well as faux painting and finishing applications. While our cellulose sponges and polyester sponges are used for all types of general cleaning (including dry cleaning), they are also used for construction, texturing, painting and janitorial applications. We offer a wide range of sizes, textures, densities and shapes for many different applications.
Our Duro-Cel brand sponges are popular with professional tradesman as well as household users. Our broad selection of sponges can be used for many different types of applications, including masonry floating, drywall finishing, painting, cleanup, etc… Duro-Cel sponges are also used for general purpose cleaning projects including auto, flooring, tile, kitchen, walls and painted surfaces. Duro-Cel cellulose sponges have a structure that gives them exceptional capillary action for maximum absorption and a durability that makes them useful through multiple projects. Duro-Cel, quality cellulose sponges for quality results.
What are Duro-Cel Brand Cellulose Sponges?
Our Duro-Cel cellulose sponges, like all cellulose sponges, are made from a form of wood pulp. The most common types of cleaning sponges on the market, cellulose sponges are extremely versatile and are sold in a variety of shapes and colors. Cellulose sponges are not only durable, but also completely biodegradable. Cellulose sponges are extremely absorbent, soft, durable and inexpensive.
Cellulose sponges work well for everyday spills on kitchen and bathroom countertops, for general cleaning, washing dishes and for a variety of home projects. Although cellulose sponges can be sterilized with heat or an antibacterial soap, cellulose sponges should not be used to wipe up raw egg or meat juices, as bacterial growth can occur. Larger cellulose sponges are easily cut into smaller pieces for smaller or specialized jobs.
How are Duro-Cel Brand Cellulose Sponge Made?
Cellulose sponges are typically made from a mixture of wood pulp (cellulose), sodium sulphate crystals, fibers and softeners (materials, such as flax, are often added to provide additional strength or chemical resistance). The process of manufacturing cellulose sponges begins with large stiff sheets of cellulose that are then soaked in a vat of water and mixed with softeners. Once the sheets have been softened and become “jelly-like”, they are moved to a revolving mixer where sodium sulphate crystals and dye are added. After the ingredients have been thoroughly mixed, they are poured into a mold and heated.
As the mixture is “cooked”, the sodium sulphate crystals melt and drain out through the bottom of the mold. The voids left behind by the the crystals create the pores in the finished sponge. The size of the crystals determine the size of the pores.
Cellulose sponges with larger pores, such as those used for washing a car or truck, are made with larger crystals. Finer pore sponges, such as those used for applying makeup, are made with much finer crystals. The cellulose mixture hardens into a porous block as it cools and is finally cleaned and colored before being dried and cut into the appropriate sizes for packaging.
Our Aqua Sponge brand has become the choice of professionals and do-it-yourselfers for all kinds of projects. Polyester sponges are resistant to organic solvents, float, can be sterilized by boiling, and stay soft wet or dry. Our polyester sponges are made from hydrophilated polyester, the most absorbent foam. And because of our Aqua brand sponge’s utility, they are used for all types of masonry, painting, texturing and general cleaning projects; and are the preferred sponge of many professionals.
Aqua Sponge Uses
Originating from Greece, our Aqua honeycomb polyester blend sponge offers a soft texture for wiping applications and maximum water retention for transferring water. Because Aqua brand sponges can be used for a wide variety of jobs and last through multiple projects, they are an exceptional value for the cost. Aqua brand sponges are widely used for laying tile, grout work, wall papering, painting, texturing, and general cleaning, as well as pottery and ceramic making. Because the honeycombed polyester Aqua Sponge is resistant to solvents, floats, remains soft, and is extremely durable, they are also an ideal choice for masonry, drywall applications, washing walls, and general cleaning. In addition, they are also great for all general home, auto and marine applications.
Why Aqua Sponge Brand is made from Polyester?
Polyester foam, which was invented in 1937 by Otto Bayer and affectionately referred to as “Ester”, is a dense foam that is absorbent, durable, cost effective, strong, and resistant to harsher cleaning chemicals, grease and oil. Similar in structure to natural sea sponges, this airy foam, was originally adopted by the mop industry and soon after adapted to making kitchen sponges. Sponges made from polyester are durable, light, elastic, economical and more chemically resistant compared to other types of sponges. Polyester sponges are soft, regardless of whether they are wet or dry, and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes for different applications.
Our “The Natural” brand sponges are sourced from all over the world, the bulk of which are purchased directly from the fisherman who harvest them. In order to insure the quality of our sponges, no middlemen are involved; the sponges are purchased at the source by our own employees. The sponges, which are initially sorted for quality at the point of purchase, are then sorted again at every stage of processing; and before final packaging, where our team rejects any sponge that does not adhere to our rigid standards. Our natural sponge team boasts over 160 years of experience and skill, resulting in the highest quality natural sea sponges available.
Types of The Natural brand Sea Sponges
We offer several different types of natural sea sponges under “The Natural” brand including “Wool”, “Yellow” and “Grass”. “Wool” (or “Lamb’s Wool”) is one of the softest types of sponge available and is often used for washing more delicate surfaces, or where it is critical that dirt and grit be pulled away, without scratching or marring. “Yellow” Sponges are somewhat stiffer than Wool and are great for soft scrubbing or exfoliation. “Grass” sponges have finer pores than either the Wool or Yellow sponges, and are more economical.
The Natural brand Sea Sponge Uses
Our “The Natural” brand sponges are often used by car enthusiasts and exotic car owners to safely clean the vehicle without scratching or marring the finish. Because natural sea sponges completely release the dirt and grit (pulled away from the finish and into the pores) when rinsed, they are also often preferred as a means to remove abrasive and corrosive brake dust from the tires and wheels. In addition to automotive applications, natural sea sponges are used for bathing sensitive skin on both mothers and babies, cosmetic application and removal, hand washing delicate china and glassware, safely polishing silver and antiques, as well as wallpaper and faux finish applications, wall washing and general cleaning.
Acme Tanners Select is our premier chamois product line, so we are involved in every aspect of the production cycle. Unlike other manufacturers, we personally make regular trips to New Zealand to secure only the finest sheepskin for our chamois. No middlemen are involved in this selection process, which enables us to ensure that only the highest quality skins are used to make our chamois products. The skins are then sent to our factory in Turkey where, using our time tested formula, they are tanned to produce the finest quality chamois. The chamois are then shipped to our main facility in Tarpon Springs, Florida where we once again check the quality at both the cutting and packaging stages of the process. So all of our Tanners select chamois are measured twice before being packaged to insure the proper sizing, thickness and nap. Quality remains our primary focus throughout the production cycle to insure that our final product is the finest chamois available. We are proud of that quality and we stand behind our products.
Tanners Select Brand Chamois are made from New Zealand Sheepskin
The consistent temperature and rainfall, the cooler climate of the pasture lands, the nutritious grasses and the long tradition of sheep farming all combine to make New Zealand sheepskins the finest and most consistent material for chamois production in the world. New Zealand sheepskins are consistently thicker and higher in quality than any other country or region. Areas that have less stable climates (larger variations in temperature, rainfall, feed availability, etc…) cannot consistently produce the caliber of skins necessary for the high quality genuine leather chamois cloths on which Acme has built its reputation. So make sure that any chamois you buy is made with genuine New Zealand sheepskin.
Is Tanners Select Brand Made in Turkey?
We are often asked why our chamois say “Made in Turkey” if they are made with New Zealand sheepskins. Although all of our sheepskins come directly from New Zealand, US labeling laws require that we label them as “Made in Turkey” because that is where the skins are tanned. This often makes it confusing and difficult for buyers, who are searching for a New Zealand sheepskin chamois, to find a chamois that is labeled “Made in New Zealand”, because most of them are tanned elsewhere.
So, aside from the space available on the package to explain this and U.S. labeling laws aside, it would be more accurate to say that Tanner’s Select chamois are quality controlled, cut and packaged in the US, tanned in Turkey, but made from the highest quality New Zealand sheep skin.