WIPING MATERIALS

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No matter your business, no matter your industry, it’s very likely that you use rags or textiles to help manage spills, drips, and mishaps.

Take a quick visit to a local garage or a manufacturer, and you’re likely to see a small mountain of used wiping materials piled up in a barrel in the corner. 

Yes, wiping materials are an essential part of modern manufacturing, but leaving them to sit soiled isn’t helping the environment or your wallet. That’s why Brent Industries is excited to offer wiping material and industrial textile reconditioning. Thanks to our in-house process, we can recondition nearly any of the textiles and wiping materials you use from day-to-day at your business. 

Our Reconditioned Wiping Materials
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Brent Industries has helped companies across the country save money and time with our reconditioned wiping materials. We take the textiles that you send us, launder them, inspect them carefully, and then bundle them up for our reconditioning process. Once they’re clean and ready for re-use, we send them back to you.

In some cases, a business may not be able to re-use their materials. In these instances, we package these materials up and sell them to others, passing the savings onto you. It’s not uncommon to save up to 70% off the cost of new textiles when you purchase from us. You can find out more about the availability of our reconditioned wiping materials by contacting a Brent Industries representative today.

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Types of Wiping Materials

Industries use a variety of wiping materials that are both disposable and reusable. Disposal includes paper, non-woven, and woven textile ducts. Regardless of the type being disposed of, they all represent a solid waste, and in many cases a long term liability under Superfund (CERCLA).

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Woven 

Also referred to as knitted wipes, woven materials are a regular part of cleaning processes at businesses across all industries. Individual strands of fiber are looped or knitted together to create a rag that’s used to clean work environments. Woven materials can be made from a variety of fibers, including natural types like cotton, and man-made options, like polyester. Woven fabrics perform well in absorbing liquids and picking up particulates.

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Non-Woven

Unlike woven materials, non-woven materials do not use individual strands of fiber. Instead, mats, sheets, or web-like structures are bonded together using an entangling fiber or filament. These sheets are bonded together mechanically, chemically, or thermally. These materials are often more affordable than their woven counterparts. These materials are typically made from cellulose or a blend of synthetic fibers. This makes a non-woven material a great choice for those in need of a rag that can absorb a more viscous liquid.

Paper

Essentially an industrial grade paper towel, paper wiping materials are often made from a tree pulp that’s pressed into individual sheets. These materials vary in thickness and absorbency based on how much pulp is used and the size of the sheet.

BENEFITS OF MATERIAL RECONDITIONING

For most, the benefits of reconditioning, recycling, and reusing wiping materials are obvious. It’s a great way to make the most of each purchase you make for your business, it cuts on overhead, and allows you to invest in your business and the environment.

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Keep Your Employees Safe


Invariably, we’ve all experienced the situation where there’s only one clean towel left in the bin. As a result, we try and stretch its usefulness to the max, using every possible inch of the rag or towel. While this might work for some, it isn’t always the safest option. Employees may continue to use a rag long after it’s been soaked through with a hazardous chemical. This exposes themselves and their workspace to liquids that could irritate or damage their skin and eyes.

By reconditioning your wiping materials, you’re always providing your employees with a ready supply of the things they need to carry out their assigned duties. They won’t have to compromise or make do, as they’ve got the exact wipe they need when faced with a spill or drip. Plus, our reconditioned wiping materials are as good as new, so they’ll never have to worry about the effectiveness of the rag or towel.

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are Good for the Earth


Now more than ever, businesses have an obligation to mitigate their impact on the planet and its environment. By embracing innovative ways of reusing your materials, you’re making a smart decision that helps to maintain the Earth. 

Reducing our consumption of products of all kinds is perhaps the best way to reduce your impact. When you recondition your wiping materials or purchase reconditioned materials through Brent Industries, you’re limiting the need to purchase new textiles as often. This has a chain-reaction type effect, as there is less fuel used to create and ship new rags and towels. Also, reconditioning materials ensures that your rags and towels are disposed of properly. Rather than letting chemical-soaked fabrics pile up in a barrel and leak onto the ground, you’re keeping hazardous compounds out of the local environment.

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are EPA Compliant


Executive Order 13101 requires that businesses find environmentally conscious alternatives to their practices when they are available. According to Superfund regulations, wiping materials are considered a solid-waste product, and as such, cannot be allowed to simply sit in a container unchecked.

By reconditioning your wiping materials, you’re remaining EPA compliant and avoiding the legal consequences of violating these rules and regulations. In many cases, the fines and punishment can be enough to halt the progress of a business.

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Save You Money


Even if you’re not concerned about the environmental benefits, using reconditioned materials makes financial sense. You’ll limit the number of orders you need to make for new wiping materials simply by reconditioning your old ones. These materials can be used and reconditioned multiple times, saving you money each time you reuse them. With fewer new wipe orders, you’re saving more money that you can use on the projects and tasks that really matter.

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The reconditioning of woven and non-woven textiles represents a reduced long-term liability, and in many cases, a substantial cost savings over purchase and disposal, as long as the transportation and reconditioning of the soiled textiles are properly managed. 

With our unique cleaning capabilities, we are able to clean many textiles and industrial-grade wipers containing almost any type of water or solvent soluble contaminants. Our method is to dry-clean with mineral spirits and recover the contaminants and the solvents.

We begin by working with your team to ship your soiled textiles to us. We put together a quote that includes shipping the materials out to us and which container you’ll need to store wiping materials in. Thanks to our team of haz-mat endorsed drivers, we can pick up the materials for you if a common carrier service cannot. 

Once the materials have arrived at our petrochemical refinery, we sort them out and responsibly dispose of the wipes that cannot be reconditioned or any materials that may have unintentionally made it into the container. 

We use an on-site refraction tower and a series of solvents in our unique dry-cleaning process. Our closed-loop process captures any leftover solvents and by-products. These solvents are reclaimed by our recovery units and vapor reclaiming dryers. These leftover products are used for future treatment options. 

We track each batch of materials through the reconditioning process to ensure that the same textiles you send us are the same ones you get back.

Start Reconditioning Your Textiles and Fabrics Today

If you’re going to spend money on wiping materials, why not spend it on reconditioning them? Take advantage of our closed-loop, environmentally-friendly reconditioning process today, and you can enjoy the same great products you need at better prices. Need more than just wiping materials? We also offer reconditioned safety wear, work gloves, and absorbent products, and we can help you recycle other industrial textiles like aramid.

Connect with a Brent Industries representative today to find out more about our reconditioning process, our sales, and pricing and availability. We make green business practices cost-effective and easy!

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