Disposable Wipers are the New Rags

Engineering and manufacturing firms, printing, automotive and painting companies, and the gas, oil and mining industries use TIDDOX Disposables’ industrial wiper range.

Most users of the TIDDOX range of industrial wipers immediately see the benefits of using less bulky, cost-effective wipers specifically designed for industrial tasks. However, a typical response from a first-time user of our “bags of rags” when they first look at industrial disposable wipers, is that they think that there is no way that a non-woven wiper can measure up. However, after initial trials, users see all the benefits and make the switch.

These benefits include:-

Wipers Rags
New, clean and hygienic Used, may contain foreign objects
Consistent, standard size and shape  Inconsistent size, shape and texture
Less wastage, more economical Higher wastage; not all cloths suitable
Flat-packed Bulky packaging
Less solvents, chemicals required Higher solvent consumption
Low Linting Not low linting
Lower cost in use: Each wiper costs less per unit and per sqm Higher cost in use: Each rag costs more per unit and per sqm


Ultimately, wipers offer a better value proposition, offering cost savings and minimising waste, whilst providing a more effective wiping solution!

It is understandable that for this conversion to happen, education and training will be key. Industrial users need to understand how the products work, why a specific product is being used and what outcome can be offered.

One of the main benefits is in terms of total cost-in-use of operating. TIDDOX’s industrial wipers can deliver a significant reduction in the amount of solvents and other chemicals that are used, and solvent consumption can have a major impact on total cost-in-use.

Because its industrial wipers are specifically designed to incorporate certain functionalities, they can often outperform textiles just through their design. For example, the TIDDOX Omniwipes are manufactured with 90% viscose content, making them extremely absorbent, whereas rags on the other hand tend to absorb less, leading to excess waste.

Furthermore, the Omniwipes, which contain 50 wipers per pack, cost approximately 40% less than the typical 10kg recycled coloured rags and about 60% less than a similar bag of recycled white rags, so there is a real financial incentive for companies to consider, not to mention the freight savings of not having to transport and store such a bulky product.

A big benefit of wipers is that they offer their users consistency. While many rags are made from various types of scrap materials, our wipers are all made to the same standard. This means that the user is protected against inconsistencies that could lead to problems.

We all know that there is a lot of wastage with recycled rags found in each bag, with many not usable or appropriate. With rags, there is always a threat of contamination, whereas industrial wipers can offer task-specific attributes that are engineered for a specific performance.

Besides the popular Omniwipes, the TIDDOX industrial wiper range also includes the following solution orientated wipes:-

–  the Solvent Resistant Wipes for industrial cleaner and solvent applications
–  the Industro Wipes for lint free/low lint applications
–  Industrial Jumbo Rolls (paper, spunlace, solvent resistant)that use floor and wall dispensers
–  the Rhino Wipes range, which has a number of tough and durable alternatives to Wypall X50 ROAR, X70 and X80

It may be gradual, but there is definitely a shift occurring in Australia whereby industrial businesses are starting to follow the overseas trends and opting to replace the recycled unwashed cotton rags being imported from Pakistan, India and China, with task-focused engineered industrial wipers which are more cost-effective, are up to three times lighter in weight, and have better absorbency and strength.

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