[vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” foundry_padding=”pt0 pb0″ css=”.vc_custom_1449877780269{background-image: url(http://ultrapet.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Banner-01.jpg?id=1816) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Silica Gel 101″ font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:center|color:%23ffffff” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_toggle title=”What is silica gel?” style=”square_outline” color=”mulled_wine” size=”lg” open=”true” el_id=”1449870620776-36407da1-b368″]As Wikipedia explains it: (Click here for the full entry)

[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”How does it work?” style=”square_outline” color=”mulled_wine” size=”lg” el_id=”1449870769559-003b874d-efce”]It is similar in feature to a sponge because it absorbs a lot of liquid and moisture. It is different than a sponge because it does not become soft or wet – silica gel keeps its shape and stays dry to the touch.

Once saturated with water, the silica gel can be regenerated by heating it to 120 °C (250 °F) for two hours.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Silica Gel vs. crystalline silica” style=”square_outline” color=”mulled_wine” size=”lg” el_id=”1449870774153-ea9c3a74-be50″]Long term exposure to crystalline silica dust can cause silicosis according to OSHA. Silica gel crystals are completely different and do not cause silicosis and are safe for cats and humans.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Why as cat litter? Other uses?” style=”square_outline” color=”mulled_wine” size=”lg” el_id=”1449870773523-0fef8a50-f410″]Silica gel crystals make an outstanding cat litter because it absorbs moisture, instantly trapping odor-causing molecules inside internal channels and then releases the excess moisture so the crystals can absorb again.

MOBILE PHONE RX: If your cell phone is ever exposed to excessive moisture (dropped in water for instance) then silica gel crystals could save your phone. Quickly dry phone as much as possible and remove the battery. Place the phone (or computer) inside panty hose, a sock, or a pillow case. Completely surround the phone and its fabric wrap in 5-10 lbs of silica gel crystals. Leave the phone inside the silica gel crystals for 24-48 hours. Remove phone and vacuum any small crystals from the phone’s surfaces. Reinstall battery. Not a 100% guarantee this will work, but there are kits on the internet for saving phones using silica gel crystals for 5X the cost of silica gel cat litter.

Silica gel is also used as a preservation tool to control relative humidity in museum and library exhibitions and in cigar humidors. It may also be found in medicine bottles, hospital sanitation kits, or to keep tools from rusting.[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1805″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded”][vc_single_image image=”1809″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded”][vc_single_image image=”1811″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded”][/vc_column][/vc_row]