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FAQ

This is a short list of our most frequently asked questions. For more information, or if you need support, please contact info@silicagelly.com

Why use Silica Gel?

Silica Gel is a dry solid, not a slick or wet substance as the name might suggest. Inside the white packets are beads of this dry solid material that remain dry to the touch even when fully saturated. The Silica Gel beads absorb moisture through the porous packet material. The Silica Gel, made from sodium silicate, is a highly porous substance that can absorb up to 40% of its own weight, which makes this the highest absorption capacity of any commercially used Desiccant. Most Silica Gel products can be reused by reactivating the Silica Gel contents (contact your Silica Gel manufacturer or retail partner for specific reactivation instructions for their products).

Why use Silica Gel?

Silica Gels are drying agents used to combat humidity or moisture degradation. Products vulnerable to moisture damage need special protection during transportation, storage, etc. to ensure that it remains effective. Silica Gel packets provide a simple, dependable, and economical solution for preventing moisture damage in sealed packaging.

What is Indicating Silica Gel?

Indicating Silica Gel is beads of clear Silica Gel that have been impregnated with a chemical that changes color when it comes into contact with moisture. When the color has changed, it means that the Silica Gel is saturated and needs to be replaced or reactivated. This can be useful when long term humidity control is needed, like in a display case. Some Indicating Silica Gels (not ours) have been impregnated with Cobalt Chloride (II) (normally a Blue or Pink colored Silica Gel) which is classified as a IARC Group 2B carcinogen. Our Cobalt Chloride FREE indicating Silica Gel beads will turn from Orange to Dark Green when the Silica Gel is about 60% absorbed with moisture.

How safe are these Silica Gel?

We use high quality Cobalt Chloride free Silica Gels that are environmentally friendly and safe to use compared to others which contains Cobalt Chloride. Our Silica Gels are safe to be used even in food packaging. The Blue type is prohibited in certain countries being viewed as hazardous to health. Our Silica Gels are pure Orange Indicating and White only.

What are some uses for Silica Gel?

Silica Gel has many uses, many of which fall under the category of preventing moisture damage. Protects and keeps dry:
- Electronics
- Stamps
- Cameras
- Coins
- Binocular
- Currency Notes
- Telescope
- Rare Cards
- Flatware
- Books
- Tools
- Comics
- Autograph collections
- Jewellery
- Leather
- Food packaging
- The list is endless

Are these packets brand new?

Yes, all of our Silica Gel are packed upon order which have been stored in air-tight containers to ensure highest quality. Upon delivery, the shelf life is up to 2 years.

Where will my orders be posted from?

All orders are posted from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

How should I dispose of these Silica Gel products?

The Silica Gel packets that are found with products you purchase, like electronics and leather goods, can simply be thrown away in the trash. If the Silica Gel has come into contact with a toxic or hazardous material, it could potentially become toxic from the absorbed material. In this event, the Silica Gel should be disposed of in the same manner as the hazardous material that contaminated it.

Are Silica Gels reusable?

Silica Gel can be reused after it has absorbed water. A microwave can be used to draw the water out of Silica Gel and to render it fit for reuse. 1) Place the silica gel in a thick glass baking dish. Glass should be about ¼-inch thick. 2) Set the microwave to a medium heat setting and place the baking dish in the microwave. 3) Heat the silica gel for between 3 and 5 minutes. 4) Remove the silica gel from the microwave and stir it with it a spoon. 5) Repeat Steps 3 and 4 if necessary. It takes between 8 and 12 minutes to dry 1 pound of gel, but drying times can vary depending on the strength of the microwave.