Stain Removal: Is Melamine Foam The Miracle Fix it Claims To Be?
There's a life-hack fix for nearly everything these days, but not all stain removal solutions are created equal. When dealing with difficult stains, such as crayon on painted walls or scuff marks on tile or finished wood, you'll want to make sure you don't worsen the problem by damaging the surface you meant to clean.
Stain removal "erasers" are very popular these days, but did you know they can actually remove paint and dull surfaces? These erasers are made of melamine foam, which is a type of hard plastic blown into tiny bubbles. Extremely hard microscopic filaments in the foam serve as an abrasive. When wet, melamine's abrasiveness is the equivalent of 3,000-5,000 grit sandpaper. The erasers work by using their abrasiveness to remove a thin layer of the surface, miraculously erasing stain.
In other words, if you rub your painted wall too hard with these melamine scrubbers, it's possible to rub the paint right off the wall. They also remove any top layer shine from plastic, metal and other surfaces. So what do you do when it's time to remove those scuffs, scratches and marks on your walls or other affected areas?
A non-scratch cleaning device that won't damage surfaces is your best option, so you'll want to avoid using products with melamine foam. Simple Green Scrubbing Pads provide the cleaning power necessary for tough stains without abrasives that could harm delicate surfaces like painted walls, fiberglass or sealed wood. The non-scratch pads also use a non-hazardous and non-irritating cleaning and degreasing solution that's safer than common harsh cleaning chemicals, so you don't need to worry about damaging surfaces or wearing gloves to protect your skin.
You can use Simple Green Scrubbing Pads where you would normally use an eraser. You can also use them on carpet, upholstery and other areas that erasers can't clean, making them a safer and more practical alternative.
It's important to choose the right tool for the right job. Not all life-hacks are created equal, and some of these quick-fix shortcuts can actually do more harm than good. Be sure to make the smarter choice when tackling those tough stains.