If you’ve been on the internet in the past five years or so, you’ve probably seen the infomercials for magic cleaning sponge. The commercials show some mess that is seemingly impossible to clean up—a casserole spill on a carpet, a huge streak of mud across an expensive chair. Cue the woman wearing a nice button-up shirt and slacks. She’s holding her magic cleaning eraser like she just found out it will cure cancer, and then… poof. The stain is gone! The spotless carpet rolls off into the distance while she stands there with total satisfaction washing over her face. In real life, though, these things are not as magical as advertised. Still, they can be valuable tools when used properly. Here are some ways to use them (and not use them):
Do: Use water and not chemicals
Use water to clean. The Magic sponge eraser was designed to be used on surfaces that are safe for children and pets, so you can use it on any surface in your home. The eraser is made from melamine foam, which means that it won’t leave behind any residue or film when you’re done cleaning. You can also use a little bit of soap or detergent if needed, but it’s not necessary—just grab some water and go!
Do: Wipe on hard surfaces, like tile
Do: Wipe on hard surfaces, like tile. The Magic Eraser is best suited for hard-surface cleaning and can be used on items such as countertops, appliances, sinks, floors and walls without fear of scratching the surface. If you’re looking to clean your windows or mirrors however, it’s best to use a different product.
Do: Avoid using it on delicate surfaces, like wood or mirrored glass
If you need to clean up some messes around the house, a Magic Eraser is a great tool to have on hand. It’s inexpensive, convenient, and powerful enough to remove even the most stubborn stains. But as with any product in your home or office, it can be easy to misuse them if you don’t use them properly.
Here are some things that you should never do with a Magic Cleaning Eraser:
Do not use it on delicate surfaces like wood or mirrored glass. The eraser will scratch both of these materials (and many others) very easily!
Do not use it without water nearby to rinse off the surface once you’re done cleaning it off—this will help prevent leaving behind any residue from dirt or grime that might be stuck inside after using it.
DO: use on marks and stains
These are all things you should do with a magic cleaning eraser:
Use it for marks and stains. You can use the Magic sponge eraser on dirt, dust, grease and oil, crayon, lipstick and ink. It’s also great for removing food stains.
Use it to remove rust. The abrasive material works well on rust; however, we recommend testing in an inconspicuous area first to avoid damage to the surface of your appliance or furniture piece—and of course don’t use a magic sponge eraser on anything breakable like porcelain or glass!
Clean up tar spills with ease. Because they’re so absorbent (even when they get wet), magic cleaning erasers will pick up even hard-to-remove substances like tar without leaving behind any residue (or causing any damage).
DO: use on grit and grime
While the Magic cleaning sponge is great for all sorts of messes, you can use it to your advantage when dealing with most especially grimy things. For example, if you’re cleaning the bathroom or kitchen, consider using a Magic sponge eraser on walls and cabinets. While they may not be super dirty all over (and should probably be cleaned regularly), there’s always going to be some grime and watermarks that just won’t come off unless you rub them hard enough with something like this product.
DO: a spot test before you start cleaning
You should always do a spot test before you start cleaning. It’s tempting to just go ahead and use a new product without testing it first, but that could lead to damage and/or void the warranty. Whether you’re using a Magic Eraser or anything else, doing a spot test is an important part of using any cleaning product safely.
It’s also important to read the instructions! If there’s anything in particular you need to know about using your new item safely—like how hot water might affect its effectiveness on certain surfaces—the directions will tell you all about it (and probably give examples). After all, they want their product used correctly so they can sell more of them!
Don’t: Use dry
You should never use a magic cleaning eraser dry. The eraser will absorb all the water from your sponge and leave it dry and unusable. In addition, you should never use a magic cleaning eraser on delicate surfaces like wood or mirrored glass. If there’s an area that needs to be scrubbed down and cleaned, there are specialized cleaners for those surfaces available in most stores that sell housewares.
Don’t: Use on skin or face
Don’t: Use on skin or face. The Magic cleaning sponge is made to be used on smooth surfaces only, and will remove the top layer of skin if you use it on your face or any other part of your body.
DON’T: use on nonstick pots and pans
You should never use your Magic Cleaning Eraser on nonstick pots and pans. The sponge’s abrasive fibers can scratch the surface, removing the nonstick coating. You also risk leaving a residue behind, which will cause food to stick when you cook in it or use it again later on. This can lead to damage in the long run.
Don’t: use them on anything without spot testing first
If you’re worried about damage, or if the item you are cleaning is important and antique, test your Magic Cleaning Eraser out on a small area first. This way, if there is any damage done to the item after using it on the whole thing, you can tell and make sure not to use it again.
So, there you have it. You can use magic sponge erasers on almost any surface in your home to remove marks and stains—just remember not to use them dry or press too hard. And don’t forget about spot testing before you start cleaning!