Magic Sponge – Melamine Foam
So many people use these for cleaning leather and they are one of the worst things you can use due to them being abrasive.
A magic sponge has its place for plastics its fantastic, for leather it’s a killer product, the reason why is it removes the very fine clear protective coating that’s been applied to your leather in the tannery.
In time this just breaks down the colour causing damage, colour loss, cracking and allowing grease to soak in to the leathers surface.
Magic sponges / melamine foam was designed for insulating pipes, it’s also used widely in sound proofing studios, melamine foam also has a low smoke and flame level, preventing it from being a fire hazard.
The main problem with a magic eraser / melamine foam is that it has an abrasive finish, just like a fine sand paper! As you can imagine a fine sand paper will do nothing but cause damage to your fine leathers luxury finish and surface.
You may wonder how can something that feels so soft create such damage to leather? Simple due to its 3D network of very hard strands and structure build up, this becomes an abrasive removing fine coatings.
Its such as plastic trims its perfect for them and wooden surfaces, its great on them, but this is some pictures showing you the damage that a magic eraser can cause that we see daily.
Another this product is used is dentists, they use this as an effective stain remover, as you can imagine if this can remove stains from your teeth, then the damage its doing to your soft leather finish is outstanding !!!