You know tossing trash in the street is tacky, and bad for the environment. But there’s a more serious reason not to “litter” — that is, to use cat litter for spill clean up purposes. It’s bad for your health, and doesn’t clean up spills properly, which means it’s bad for your business. Clay litter isn’t even good for cats!
Here are 7 reasons why clay kitty litter should never be used for spill clean up:
1. Clay leaves a mess. It’s an adsorbent, not an absorbent, so the spilled liquid merely coats the clay. This is why clay leaves an oily, wet film when used on spills.
2. Clay generates heat when used with certain products. Physical contact between clay and bio-fuel, turpentine, vegetable oil or other unsaturated organic compounds such as fish oil may generate heat and/or fire.
3. Clay tracks all over the place. Because it doesn’t absorb well, it’s left standing to “soak up” the spill. The clay and the spill usually wind up where they don’t belong — all over the floor and in your machinery.
4. Clay is cheap to buy but expensive to use. Increased disposal and labor costs add up fast.
5. Clay is heavy. The average bag of clay weighs 50 lbs., making it hard to apply and remove.
6. Clay clogs up your drains. Loose clay finds its way into everything — even the plumbing.
7. Clay contains harmful silica dust. Why expose yourself to a known health hazard? Have you read the label on a bag? Here’s an example of the warnings found:
- “Contains free silica”
- “Do not breathe dust”
- “May cause delayed lung injury (silicosis)”
- “Follow OSHA safety and health standards for crystalline silica (a known carcinogen)”
Instead, we recommend XSORB Outdoor All-Purpose Absorbent, our non-toxic, environmentally friendly dry formula that allows you to simply sweep away spills. Pound for pound, XSORB Outdoor absorbs six times more than clay, saving time, labor, money — and everyone’s health. It’s even approved by the FDA, and green-lighted for landfill disposal.
So leave the clay kitty litter on the shelf (and consider switching to a more healthful type for the cats themselves, such as pine, corn or wheat, which are biodegradable and dust-free), and be sure to keep a bottle or bag of XSORB Outdoor on hand for those unexpected spills. It’s good for you — and your business.