Compressed Cellulose

Compressed Cellulose: What Is It and How Does It Work?

Cellulose is the main component making up plant cell walls, and it constitutes a large percentage of all plants. The specific structure of cellulose gives plant cells their firmness and support; this same structure also makes it useful for humans. One of the most common uses of cellulose is for sponges, which can occur in an expanded or compressed form.

Compressed cellulose is dehydrated cellulose – this is typically a flattened and dried version of the sponge, which will expand to its full size once wettened; At Gilca, we shrink our cellulose to a tenth of its original size through an application of heat and pressure, resulting in a compressed cellulose which can be stored in small spaces and can easily and cheaply be transported.

Distinctive holes – known also as pores – in the cellulose sponge are created by the use of dissolved salt crystals, capable of retaining a high capacity of water, which balloons the sponge out from its compressed form.

Gilca fabricates our compressed cellulose sponges from natural ingredients, such as flax, wood pulp, and cotton; get in touch with us today to find out how our compressed cellulose can be of use to you.

Interested In Using Compressed Cellulose? Speak To the Experts:

    Cellulose Sponge Type

    Compressed cellulose sponges can be cut to specific shapes and sizes – meaning there are a variety of types and forms that cellulose sponges can take, perfect for a range of applications and sectors.

    Gilca can create custom sponge shapes and sizes to meet the requirements of our clients, along with a choice of colour, including:

    • White
    • Yellow
    • Blue
    • Pink
    • Green
    • Beige

    Specifications for our compressed cellulose can be found here, or talk to one of our team for more information on our range of sponges.

    Compressed Sponge Sheets

    Cellulose wipes, finely cut from sponge sheets, are a common alternative to cellulose sponges, often used for cleaning due to their high absorbency and durability.

    However, sponge sheets can be fabricated for a variety of products, including bailout sponges used in life rafts and survival suits, as well as for advertising and promotional materials. Printers and fabricators often take advantage of the effect generated by the rapid expansion of the material when water is added for high impact, innovative marketing.

    In addition to this, Gilca supplies sheets to companies who manufacture the components used in the quality control sectors of food, beverage, and dairy industries. This usually takes the form of biocide free compressed cellulose sponge sheets, which we can moreover supply as ready fabricated parts.

    Compressed Sponge Pads

    Due to cellulose sponge being a natural, organic product, it is commonly used for skincare applications. Cellulose facial sponges can brighten skin tone, remove excess oil, and cleanse pores; the soft texture of the sponge of deep cleaning properties makes it suitable for removing impurities without irritating sensitive skin.

    Sponge pads are moreover utilised by the medical sector for surface sampling swabs in laboratories.

    Benefits Of Using Cellulose Sponge

    Environmentally Friendly and Biodegradable

    The primary benefit of cellulose sponges is that they are environmentally friendly. These biodegradable sponges are sourced from a natural and sustainable material, and will not take up space in a landfill once they’re disposed of. Government guidelines regarding the degradability of cellulose indicates this. What’s more, a cellulose sponge can last for a great amount of time and can be used as often as required.

    With growing pressure placed on businesses to become more environmentally friendly, find out how you can fulfil this demand by swapping to cellulose sponges today.

    Highly Durable and Versatile

    Cellulose sponges are hydrophilic – they have one of the highest water retention capacities out of all sponge types, holding up to ten times its own dry weight in water.
    Cellulose sponges also have a high heat and abrasion resistance, making them a highly durable and long-lasting material, whatever the application.

    Tired of having to replace your everyday sponge on a weekly basis? Get in touch and enquire about our range of cellulose sponges.