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Fabric Sponges

Fabric sponges work the same way as regular sponges except they are softer, thinner, and can be used in more locations around the house. These absorbent cloths have many uses, from house cleaning to car maintenance and even pet care. Look to Staples® for your cleaning supplies including mops, dusters, and brooms.

Materials Used to Make Fabric Sponges
Fabric sponges, or sponge cloths, are made from natural or synthetic fabrics. There are two types, and the most common are made of microfiber. The small fibers in this material are split, and then tightly held together to form a super-soft, absorbent cloth.

The second type of absorbent cloth is chamois. Genuine chamois is sheepskin leather that is tanned in 100 percent cod oil, so it becomes soft and able to absorb six times its weight in liquid. It's an all-natural product. Artificial chamois, or shammies, are a mix of microfiber and cotton. They are a more cost-effective choice than genuine chamois leather.

The Many Fabric Sponge Uses
These cleaning tools can be used all around the house and even in the garage. Use them to clean windows, glass tables, smooth countertops, polished wood, and stainless steel appliances. They absorb liquids and grease so they can be used to clean up spills quickly. They pick up dust instead of spreading it into the air.

They also easily remove water from the exteriors of vehicles after they've been washed, leaving the paintwork gleaming. After a giving your dog a bath, use the cloth to dry your pet off quickly. Cats usually dislike bathing but love to be petted, so stroke your pet with this absorbent fabric to pick up loose hairs, and leave the fur sleek and shiny.

Are Fabric Sponges Used Wet or Dry?
Typically, they do not need water or soap to work effectively. However, for particularly stubborn messes and stains, it's often a good idea to dampen the fabric for a little extra cleaning power. A convenient way to use the cloth is to start off with it dry to remove dust and debris, and then rinse it out and tackle smudged grease and dirt.

What Is the Proper Way to Clean Fabric Sponges?
Harsh soaps and detergents can harm the fibers, so it's recommended you launder them with a gentle liquid detergent in warm water; don't use bleach or fabric softener. Wash them separately from other fabrics because cotton fibers may become trapped in the microfibers and ruin their absorbent qualities. Let them air dry, and they'll be ready for use very quickly.

Chamois is natural leather, and it should be washed with a gentle soap. Washing machines can damage the leather material, so hand-washing is essential, using warm water. Rinse the chamois gently, and leave it out to air dry in the shade; UV rays break down the cod oil in the chamois.

How Long Do Fabric Sponges Last?
As long as cloth sponges are properly cared for, they may last for years. Various brands say fabric and cellulose sponges can be laundered 300 to 500 times during their life cycles.
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