Pros:Easily cleans smudges from walls and floors. It's easy to use and doesn't scratch.
Cons:The sponge can get used up fast. Some paint surfaces can lighten or discolor.
The Bottom Line: No house should be without a supply of these magic sponges. Best thing ever on fingerprints and black marks on the walls.
I picked up this cleaning product at our local dollar store. The clerk picked it up during check-out and she gave it a big thumbs-up. "These really, REALLY work." she volunteered. With that enthusiastic recommendation, I took home the Magic Eraser with the idea that I was finally going to get all those smudges off my walls.
What is it?
The sponge itself is a white block, very light-weight. It is fine-grained, reminiscent of a marshmallow. It contains a cleaner, which you detect as a light dust when the sponge is in its dry form. The sponge is about the size of a regular kitchen sponge.
How do you use it?
You simply take the sponge out of the package, wet it under the faucet then squeeze out the excess moisture. Now the sponge is ready to use. You rub it on those black marks on the walls (assuming your paint is washable--some paint like flat or whitewash is not washable.) You can rub it on your baseboards, on your stair railings, chair rails, anywhere you get those annoying black marks and finger smudges.
How well does this work?
The cashier at the dollar store was right! These ARE amazing. Black nasty marks on the wall along the stairs went in a few swipes. The smudges on the enamel rails and baseboards disappeared with a bit of scrubbing. As you use the sponge, it wears out--literally rubbing away into nothingness. When it's gone, it's gone. Go buy another one. I've had this one for months and it's still going strong. If you have kids, it will probably not last so long. But..who cares? This is a lot better than repainting the wall!
I also tried it on carpet--it worked ok, but I prefer carpet cleaner for spot cleaning. It was a champ in the shower stall (the fiberglass floor came up really clean!) Excellent for linoleum or vinyl flooring. Takes off those shoe marks.
Where shouldn't I use it?
The instructions tell you not to use it on glossy or polished surfaces.
The more you use it (and you WILL) the faster it disintegrates. If you have kids or are a diligent cleaner, it won't last long. You will really see it go down fast if you do a lot of walls.
Also, some reports that paint can become discolored or lighter if you scrub on it, so test this in an area where it doesn't show; your paint may react.
If you want to remove smudges from your walls and baseboards, cabinets and other painted surfaces, this product is a must-have. It really earns the name Magic Eraser because that is what it does.
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