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Cellulose Sponges

Cellulose sponges are one of the most common types on the market. They are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and types, are inexpensive, durable, soft and versatile. Many “kitchen” sponges used for cleaning and dishes are made of cellulose. Cellulose sponges, which are made from a form of wood pulp, are not only durable, but 100% biodegradable and sustainable. Cellulose sponges are exceptionally absorbent, great at holding liquid, and work well on a variety of different types of surfaces. And because they are made from cellulose they are made from a sustainably harvested natural resource, disposable and 100% biodegradable.

Cellulose Sponge Uses

Cellulose sponges work well for a variety of household and commercial applications. Cellulose sponges are used for all types of household chores including general cleaning, kitchen and bathroom. Cellulose sponges are the most common type kitchen sponge. They are used for dish washing, cleaning counter-tops, sinks, appliances, floors and more. In addition to kitchen use, cellulose sponges also work well for bathroom cleaning of showers, tile, sinks, countertops and glass. And although the sponge can be sterilized with heat or an antibacterial soap, cellulose sponges should not be used to wipe up bacteria rich material such as raw egg or raw meat juices, as dangerous bacterial growth can occur. In addition to kitchen and bathroom use, cellulose sponges are also used by tradesman and do-it-yourselfers for various applications including drywall, wallpapering, tile and grout, pottery making and for all types of home projects.

How Cellulose Sponges are Made

Cellulose sponges are made from a mixture of hemp fibers, sodium sulphate crystals, softeners, and wood pulp (cellulose). Flax and other materials are added to some formulations to provide added chemical resistance, strength or other desirable properties. The process of manufacturing cellulose sponges begins with large stiff sheets of Cellulose. The large sheets are mixed with softeners in large vats of water to create a soft jelly-like slurry that is then mixed with sodium sulphate crystals and dye.

Duro-Cel Cellulose Sponge Collection
Duro-Cel Cellulose Sponge Collection

Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, they are poured into a mold and heated. The sodium sulphate crystals melt as the mixture is cooked and drain out through openings in the bottom of the mold. The porous texture of cellulose sponges is created by holes left by the melting sodium sulphate crystals. The size of the sodium sulphate crystals is what determines the size of the pores in the finished sponge. Sponges manufactured for washing a car, which need to be more porous, are made with larger crystals, while finer pore sponges, like those used for applying makeup, are made with finer crystals.

The heated cellulose mixture is then cooled and hardens into a porous block that is then soaked in a mixture containing bleach to remove any remaining dirt or other impurities. Bleaching also brightens the color of the cellulose. After bleaching, the block is washed repeatedly with water, until the desired pliability and texture are achieved. After the sponge block is dried, it is cut into the appropriate size sponges and packaged for sale.

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Acme Natural Sea Sponge Products

Sea Sponges are a renewable natural resource that are harvested from the ocean. Natural sea sponges, unlike artificial sponges, naturally inhibit the growth of bacteria, are environmentally safe, economical, 100% biodegradable, and a quickly renewable, sustainably harvested natural resource. Sea sponges are native to Florida coastal waters and have been used for a variety of purposes for more than 2,000 years.

Natural sponges have several distinct advantages over synthetic sponges. Sea sponges are much more absorbent, more durable, longer lasting, will not stain or retain odors, and their soft texture promotes a more thorough and less abrasive cleaning. Although over 5000 species of Sea Sponges have been identified so far, only 12 of them are currently harvested and used for commercial purposes.

Natural Sea Sponges are the Cornerstone of Acme

The Natural Sea Sponge Collection Yellow and Wool
The Natural Sea Sponge Collection
Yellow and Wool Sponges

Natural sea sponges have been the cornerstone of our company from the very beginning, and for over 50 years now we have been sourcing and providing the highest quality sponges available. Our experience and know-how have not only made us the largest sponge supplier in the U.S., but has built our reputation for providing quality products that consistently meet our customer’s high expectations. By doing our own processing and holding large inventories of different sponge varieties, we are able to maintain our high standards and the quality of the sponges we offer. We offer 3 different varieties of natural sponges including, Wool, Yellow and Grass sea sponges.

Acme Sea Sponge Products

Choosing the right tool, or sponge, for the job makes a big difference in time, money, and effort, so we offer different types of sponges for various applications. And regardless of the application or project you’re working on, Acme has a natural sea sponge to help you get it done. Of the twelve varieties of natural sponges harvested, the Wool, Yellow and Grass varieties are some of the most cost-effective and versatile sponges available.

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Acme The Natural Brand

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

The Natural Brand Yellow and Wool Sponge Collection
The Natural Brand
Yellow and Wool Sponge Collection
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.

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