How to Select the Right Sponge for the Job How to Select the Right Sponge for the Job

When I was a very little girl, I used to think that the only differences about sponges were their colors. In fact, since kitchen sponges seemed to be available in only shades of yellow, pink, or blue, I even thought that those were the only colors sponges could be.

Then I grew up, and now I know better. In fact, I even know that sponges not only come in a wide variety of colors, but also, that sponges are available in a wide variety of compositions designed for a wide variety of tasks.

Cleaning something properly with a sponge often involves something more important than the amount of elbow grease that you are using or the cleaning solution that you are applying. It definitely involves something more than the color of the sponge. However, for the sake of it, sponges are readily available in an entire entourage of colors representing just about every variation that exists from white to blue to purple to aqua to indigo to orange and then some.

In order for you to clean something in a way that does more good than harm, it is essential to use the proper type of sponge. The various types are explored here along with their particular uses.

Types of Sponges

All surface- An all surface sponge is typically a combination of a cellulose sponge that includes an abrasive scrubber on one side of the sponge. This type of sponge is very durable and holds a large amount of water. It is an excellent choice for difficult cleaning tasks, such as grills, kitchen pots, kitchen pans, and very dirty areas.

Cellulose- Cellulose sponges are extremely durable and hold up well to prolonged use. Additionally, they are capable of holding large amounts of water. This is an excellent type of sponge to use on Formica, tile floors, and tile walls. This is the type of sponge that takes up residence in many kitchens and bathrooms.

Cleaning Eraser- This type of sponge is designed to remove or erase marks from hard surfaces including floors and walls. It cleans what used to be impossible to clean many years ago- crayon marks, scuff marks, spots from markers, and hard water stains. Typically, this type of sponge is crafted from a special foam material that is combined with a urethane layer to add durability.

To use this type of sponge, wet the sponge with clean water. Squeeze excess water from the sponge. Use the white foam side of the sponge to erase the marks from the surface. The reverse side of the sponge can be used to wipe away or remove any trace residue.

You should test the sponge out in an inconspicuous location before using it on any particular surface. Sometimes the sponge may dull glossy surfaces or discolor them. Once the foam area of the sponge has been depleted, the sponge is ready to be discarded.

Dry Cleaning- A dry cleaning sponge is made from cellulose foam-latex. Obviously, it is designed to be used dry, so it makes it an excellent choice for surfaces that cannot be wet cleaned. No water or solvents are needed with this type of sponge. You take it out of its packaging and it is ready to use.

It can be used for a variety of purposes. This is a popular method for removing dust and pet hair from upholstery, lampshades, and walls. A dry cleaning sponge works well on suede, acoustical tiles, and drywall. Additionally, it is often used to remove soot from smoke damaged rooms since it does not leave any smears. It works similarly to an eraser.

Metal- Metal sponges are typically very abrasive on the types of surfaces that they clean. This sponge is not made from steel wool, which can scratch surfaces. It is a curly metal pad that is used for the toughest of scouring tasks. It should only be used on surfaces that can withstand abrasiveness.

Natural- This type of sponge is soft and highly absorbent. It comes to us from the sea and remains untainted by chemicals. Natural sponges are highly recommended for washing windows and cars due to their two main qualities as mentioned above.

Nylon- Nylon scrubbing sponges are designed for use on surfaces that cannot withstand abrasiveness and yet require a substantial cleaning. This type of sponge works well on Teflon coated surfaces such as those found in kitchen pots and pans.

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