Dry Cleaning Sponge
Dry cleaning sponges clean surfaces without getting them wet. Wipe away any kind of particulate matter—dust, pet hair, soot, mold, and other stubborn dirt—from any surface. Made of vulcanized natural rubber, they are non-greasy, leave no residue and are completely safe for use on delicate surfaces.
Available in two sizes:
Large 3/4" x 3" x 6"
Extra Large 1 3/4" x 3" x 6"
Dry cleaning sponges clean surfaces without getting them wet. Wipe away any particulate matter—dust, pet hair, soot, mold, and other stubborn dirt—from any surface. Made of vulcanized natural rubber, they are non-greasy, leave no residue, and are entirely safe for use on delicate surfaces.
These sponges have many names—dry cleaning, soot remover, chemical sponge, wall Brite sponge, and dirt eraser. No matter how you label them, they are ideal for cleaning dirt- and soot-covered surfaces and cleaning where you can’t use water or solvents.
They are especially effective at cleaning television and computer screens. This sponge also removes hair from carpets, fabrics, and solid surfaces.
Directions for Using Dry Cleaning Sponges
Use completely dry. Do NOT wet sponge. When cleaning, start at the top of your artwork and work your way down. Use straight, parallel, firm strokes that overlap slightly. Do not scrub.
The sponge may look dirty, but particles work their way into the unique cell structure. You may remove a sponge layer with a razor blade knife to expose a new surface if you wish.
As you use the sponge, it absorbs smoke/soot and dirt into the sponge’s pores. The uniqueness of the sponge is all in the cell structure. It is a vulcanized latex rubber sponge. When the product was invented, it was called a chemical sponge. It had that name because, at the time, chemicals meant more cleaning power. The sponge is non-toxic natural latex rubber. The sponge cleans soot or dirt off any surface that has not come apart at the surface. The sponge will not pull up stains such as deep burn marks, water marks, ink, etc. It is meant to pick up anything topical that regular dusting will not remove. The sponge is also very effective in removing pet hair.
The sponge can be washed in warm, mildly soapy water. It is essential that the sponge completely air dry at average temperatures away from sunlight and air vents. Do not dry with heat or in a dryer.
Unused sponges should be stored at average temperatures, in a box, or wrapped in dark plastic, away from direct sunlight or heat sources. It is usual for the sponge to turn pinkish or reddish, which does not change its effectiveness. This tends to happen more in warmer seasons.
About Dry Surface Cleaning of Artwork
Mechanical and dry-surface-cleaning materials are indispensable in removing minute soot or dirt particles. Depending on the surface to be cleaned, appropriate materials might include the use of erasers: eraser powder such as Skum-X, block erasers, particularly art gum and vinyl erasers, and mechanical erasers (Selick 1996).
Elizabeth Moffatt (1992) points out that many dry-surface-cleaning materials particularly suited to soot and dirt removal are composed of vulcanized rubber: Skum-X eraser powder, Groom/Stick, and soot sponges. Where bulk cleaning procedures are appropriate, an object can be cleaned in a tray of eraser powder. Fine glass beads (e.g., B.T. 13) can be used to lift and hold soot from a surface. Groom/Stick has a particular ability to pick up and hold soot and dirt and is helpful for surfaces that are porous or textured or have tiny recesses. Groom/Stick can be used by hand or on the end of an applicator stick or other tool. Soot sponges are handy for cleaning many surfaces and can be used full-size or cut into smaller blocks. Cotton batting and soft wipes, such as the brand Webril Wipe, can be used in a gentle lifting motion; broad rubbing motions should be avoided unless a surface is not porous or textured. Dry-surface-cleaning materials are also helpful when testing for the presence of a light soot layer on an object. A small block of soot sponge or Groom/Stick® rubbed onto a lightly sooty surface will pick up some soot, whereas a stab dampened with a cleaning solvent will not.
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