How to use a magic eraser?

person cleaning baseboard with magic eraser

Magic eraser has been a household name for a while now, and if you have used it, you know how effective a magic eraser can be for removing dirt, stains, and grime from every kind of surface. And if you are new to a magic eraser, then it is time to understand how it works so you can use them in the best way possible. 

This is how a magic eraser works.

A magic eraser is a sponge that is made out of melamine foam. Initially, the melamine foam was used for insulation and as a sound-proofing material. After decades of use, it was discovered that this foam is very effective at removing stains and scuffs. 

The particles of melamine foam have a strong microstructure. The surface of the foam is abrasive, which makes it so effective on cleaning surfaces. You can even compare this foam to a very fine piece of sandpaper. And that is exactly how it works. Its abrasive nature removes dirt, stains, grime, and more. But this can do more. After removing the stain, the foam will absorb the debris. 

A little while ago, there was a misconception or a false concern that a magic eraser contains formaldehyde. Formaldehyde raised health concerns among the people, but soon it was revealed that a magic eraser contains “formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulphite.” The name sure contains the word formaldehyde, but that is not the ingredient in the magic eraser. Hence, it was proven that a magic eraser brings no health risks. It is completely non-toxic. 

How to Use a Magic Eraser

stack of 5 blue top magic erasers

These are very easy to use. For any purpose, all you have to do is slightly wet the sponge, which will activate the melamine foam. And then, scrub on the surface or the spot that you want to clean. For the best results, scrub in small and circular motions. 

 

After you are done scrubbing, wring dry the magic eraser in case it is still wet. You can reuse the sponge after that. You can also air dry it to ensure it gets completely dried. You can use a magic eraser a dozen times before you have to replace it. When the sponge starts to crumble and fall apart, that is when you know you should replace it. 

 

Another thing you should keep in mind while using a magic eraser because it is an abrasive material, so don’t use it on any surface that may get damaged on being scrubbed. If you are not sure, you can try using the sponge on a small inconspicuous area and do a spot test to confirm.

Uses of Magic Eraser

It is always a good idea to keep plenty of these sponges as they come in so handy for everything you might find tough, becomes easier with a magic eraser. The most common use of a magic eraser is to get scuffs off of walls, but there are so many other ways by which you can make full use of this sponge. 

Have you ever been so frustrated when you remove a label or a sticker, and it leaves a residue behind which just won’t come off? That is when a magic eraser can come in handy. Again, by simply scrubbing the spot gently, you can easily remove residues from labels and stickers. 

A magic eraser works great to get rid of stains from bathroom floors. If you have a fiberglass tub or shower, you can effectively get rid of grime and dirt easily with a magic eraser. Magic eraser sponges are also great at cleaning fiberglass shower doors and cleaning glass. 

Most of us have the mistake of using a permanent marker on a whiteboard or any other surface where you actually meant to use a temporary marker. And were you ever able to remove the permanent mark? And again, it is possible with a magic eraser. 

You can use a magic eraser to clean everything from stovetops to white shoes, countertop surfaces, tile grout, and the interior of a car. 

Most dirt, grime, and stains get easily removed by wiping the sponge on the surface once or twice. For more stubborn stains with layers of build-up and rust, you may require some scrubbing action. All you have to do is follow three steps: wet, squeeze and erase. Here are all the uses of a magic eraser:

  • Clean out grime and dirt from light switches and switchboards.
  • Scrub away the ring stain around your bathtub
  • Remove stains from countertops that won’t budge.
  • Get rid of scuff marks from the baseboard and walls.
  • Remove scuff marks and dirt from shoes.
  • Your dull and greasy stovetop can shine again.
  • Remove years of build-ups from surfaces of appliances and handles. 
  • Remove grime from baking dishes.
  • Clean your bathroom faucets and handles so they can shine like new.
  • Get rid of sticky residues from surfaces.
  • The grey grout will become white again, and your tiles will look new. 
  • Clean off the layers of soap scum from shower doors.
  • Clean oven doors and make them non-sticky, clean, and shiny. 

A magic eraser can be used on pretty much every surface. And you don’t necessarily have to scrub every time, simply wiping will also bring you visible results. As mentioned earlier, a magic eraser has an abrasive surface so that it may cause damage on fragile surfaces. So here are the surfaces you should avoid or do a spot-test before you use a magic eraser sponge:

  1. Car paint: the abrasiveness of a magic eraser ranges from 3000 to 5000 grit sandpaper. This is enough abrasiveness to harm the finish of a car’s paint. 
  2. Natural stone surfaces: stone surfaces like granite and marble are shiny. Using a magic eraser on them will leave small scratch marks. These marks won’t be visible at first but will gradually make the surface dull. 
  3. Non-stick cookware: non-stick cookware has a non-stick coating which will get damaged if scrubbed with a magic eraser. You can use baking soda and water to get rid of the grimy build-up. 
  4. Stainless steel: the melamine foam will scratch the surface of stainless steel, ultimately making it dull. 
  5. Wood Surfaces: Magic erasers can easily get rid of scuffs, stains, and crayon marks off painted walls, but using them on wooden finishes may not be a good idea. The abrasiveness can strip away the wooden finish. 

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