Tag: Synthetic Sponge Products

Polyester Sponges

Polyester sponges were invented as a result of the discovery of polyester in 1937 by Otto Bayer. Polyester sponge material was originally adopted by the mop industry, which needed a cost effective, absorbent, strong, durable, material that was resistant to harsher cleaning chemicals, oil, and grease. The airy foam, which is similar in structure to natural sea sponges, but more chemically resistant, was then made into utility and kitchen sponges.

Aqua Polyester Sponge Collection
Aqua Polyester Sponge Collection

Polyester sponges remain soft even when dry, are resistant to solvents and chemicals, float, and can be sterilized by boiling. Polyester sponges are elastic, light, economical and durable. And like sea sponges, are extremely soft and come in a variety of shapes and sizes for different types of jobs.

Polyester Sponge Uses

The honeycomb structure of polyester sponges make them super-absorbent ideal for professionals for masonry, drywall, wall papering, tile and grout work, painting and general cleanup. Because of its chemical resistance, flexibility, elasticity and utility, this sponge can be used for all types of masonry, painting, texturing, as well as general cleaning projects. These characteristics also make this type of sponge the obvious choice for all general home, auto and marine applications.

How Polyester Sponges are Made

As a chemical term, Polyester can be broken into poly (meaning many), and ester, (referring to a basic organic chemical compound). A synthetic compound derived from petroleum, water and coal, Polyester was developed in a 20th-century laboratory. Polyester is formed from the chemical reaction of alcohol and an acid where, two or more molecules combine into a larger molecule with a structure that repeats throughout its length.

Ethylene, the primary ingredient used to manufacture polyester, is derived from petroleum. In this process, ethylene is the polymer used in a polymerization process to create the finished polyester. These long chain molecules are extremely strong and stable.

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Acme Synthetic Sponge Products

Synthetic sponges are sponges that are made through a combination of chemical process, as opposed to natural sponges that are simply harvested and processed. Because different types of sponges work better for different applications, Acme offers two different types of synthetic sponge lines in addition to our natural sea sponges. Our Duro-Cel™ line contains different sizes, shapes and formulations of polyester sponges and our Aqua Sponge™ sponges are made from cellulose.

Cellulose and Polyester Synthetic Sponge Material Closeup
Cellulose (left) and Polyester (right) Synthetic Sponge Material Closeup

Polyester Synthetic Sponge Products

Synthetic sponges that are made from polyester foam are very durable, elastic, light, economical and more chemically resistant than other types of sponges. Polyester sponge products are extremely soft, wet or dry, and have a super-absorbent honeycomb structure that make them an ideal choice for masonry, drywall, wallpapering and wall washing. The same properties that make them ideal for these types of applications also make them a good choice for all general home, auto and marine cleaning.

Cellulose Synthetic Sponge Products

Cellulose synthetic sponges, which are some of the most common types of kitchen and cleaning sponges, are exceptionally versatile and available in a variety of colors and shapes. Cellulose sponges are popular because they are extremely absorbent, soft, durable and inexpensive. Cellulose sponge products work well on many different types of surfaces, are great at absorbing and holding onto liquid, and can be sterilized with heat (boiling or microwaving) or an antibacterial soap.

Made from a form of wood pulp, cellulose sponges are not only versatile and durable, but also completely biodegradable. Because they are made from wood pulp, a sustainably harvested material, they are also environmentally friendly. Cellulose synthetic sponges are great for everyday kitchen, bathroom and other household cleaning, as well as for home, construction and specialty manufacturing applications.

Acme Synthetic Sponge Product Lines

Our synthetic sponge products have been developed for many different types of applications that synthetic sponges work best for. We recognize that having the right tool, or sponge, for the job saves time, money and effort, and have developed our Duro-Cel and Aqua brand sponges toward that end.

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