Cleaning sponges are a regular household item designed to make cleaning quick and efficient. Cromwell stock a wide range of sponges and scourers in our cleaning and Hygiene collection, so you can be assured of the right product whatever the application.
Cleaning sponges are designed to absorb water wipe away grime and debris from surfaces and items. They can be used for a wide range of tasks including dishwashing or wiping down surfaces after use, amongst others. They are fibrous which allows them to hold moisture for easy cleaning and some feature abrasive scouring surfaces to help remove stubborn grime.
There are numerous types of cleaning sponges and scourers available, and whilst their general purpose is to clean, some types are more suited to specific applications than others. Below we have listed the most common types along with their features and benefits.
• Cellulose - These are typically made of wood pulp and are fibrous enough to hold liquid for easy cleaning, they are usually used for general cleaning in the kitchen and bathroom and for wiping up spillages.
• Combination - These sponges feature a cellulose body with one side acting as a scouring pad. The soft cellulose side can be used as a gentle cleaning tool, whilst the abrasive side helps to loosen tough grime. They can be used for dishes as well as kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
• Abrasive sponges - These sponges are ideal for hard scrubbing on tough surfaces like grills and cook wear as well as structures like outdoor furniture.
Whilst sponges are relatively versatile cleaning tools, there are some types that fair better at cleaning certain things than others. To help aid the correct choice, here are somethings you should consider when choosing a cleaning sponge and scourer.
• The surface being cleaned - Is the surface hard or soft? Has it been treated with a varnish etc? Some polished surfaces can be marred by abrasives so ensure that the surface won't be dulled if you choose to use an abrasive sponge.
• The spillage being cleaned - Sponges are absorbent by nature, so there is a chance that the liquid being absorbed into the sponge will stick around internally for some time. When using a cellulose sponge, ensure you don't mop up juices from raw meat or eggs if you plan to clean other areas not contaminated by these, as you can risk spreading them to other surfaces and transmit harmful bacteria like e-coli.
Are sponges hygienic?
Sponges are absorbent which means they can harbour bacteria like e-coli. To ensure thorough hygienic cleaning, be sure to rinse and wring your sponge out after each used and remove excess grime and debris. Be sure to replace your sponge regularly.