Cellulose Sponges: Gilca’s Complete Guide

Gilca | 5th May 2022

Compressed Cellulose Sponges

The process of manufacturing Gilca’s cellulose sponge has been perfected so that we can deliver a refined end product which is designed to excel within its application.

But how do we get to this stage? And why is our cellulose sponge so popular? In this comprehensive guide, we introduce cellulose sponge and the many advantages it possesses.

Cellulose Sponges: What are They and How Do They Work?

Cellulose sponges are sponges which are manufactured from cellulose – an organic plant fibre which is naturally produced within a plant for structural support.

Cellulose can be obtained in sheets, which are then softened and mixed with salt crystals, which are used to produce the holes within the sponge. This mixture is heated within a mould, before it cools, producing a sponge which is then bleached, washed, and cut to shape. This enables cellulose sponge to take on a range of shapes, colours, and types which can be manufactured bespoke to meet the varying needs of consumers.

Because of the versatility and availability of the material, cellulose is used in a range of applications. This includes cleaning (cellulose is great as a sustainable washing up sponge), and for beauty masking products. Cellulose sponges are amongst the best makeup removal sponges available today, being a soft, wet and durable material.

Cellulose Sponge Types

Cellulose sponge is available both as a compressed (Dry) or expanded (Wet) product. Both forms of cellulose possess the same advantages, with the difference between wet and compressed (Dry) cellulose being in their packaged form only.

Compressed Cellulose

Compressed cellulose refers to cellulose which has been dehydrated after manufacturing so that it is a flattened product when packaged. This makes a compressed cellulose sponge particularly convenient when transporting or stocking the material in volume.

Compressed cellulose returns to its original size and form when it is rehydrated with water and allowed to swell.

Wet Cellulose

Wet cellulose is simply the expanded or original form of cellulose sponge. Unlike compressed cellulose, it has not been dehydrated prior to packaging and retains its damp spongy, full shape.

Advantages Of Cellulose Sponges

Cellulose sponges have many advantages, including being a durable, versatile, and a fully biodegradable sponge.

Increased Durability

The retention of sponges makes them perfect for soaking up liquids in cleaning applications. However, this also means sponges can be a hotbed for bacteria growth; it is inherent, therefore, that sponges are cleaned to prolong their lifespan.

Whilst cellulose sponges have increased durability, and can be used within tough applications it is moreover essential that they withstand necessary sanitation processes.

Organic & Sustainable Solution

Is cellulose sponge eco-friendly? Yes! Cellulose is an organic and sustainable solution to biodegradable sponges. It is compostable meaning it can be put in a green bin or garden to decompose without harm to the soil or environment.

Offering Greater Versatility

Cellulose sponge is exceptionally absorbent – holding up to 15 times its weight in liquid. This means it can be used for a variety of applications from cleaning and cushioning, to a sponge for make up. The ability to cut and shape the sponge as required further extends its use – such as a cellulose sponge replaceable mophead for cleaning as seen in the NHS and all major fast-food eateries.

Uncover the Key Benefits of Using Cellulose Over PVA By Checking Out Our Detailed Guide

Check out our detailed guide on the key benefits of using cellulose sponges over PVA sponges by clicking here. Alternatively, get in touch and speak to a member of our friendly team today on +44(0) 121 544 1929 or by emailing info@gilca.biz. You can also contact a member of the Gilca team by utilising our contact form below. We are looking forward to hearing from you.