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 Post subject: Melamine Foam for cleaning styli
PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:34 pm 
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Hi all,
For a number of years I have heard about the Magic Eraser sponge being used to clean styli.
We use this sponge in the kitchen to clean just about everything, my wife thinks it's the bees knees. The only drawback is the sponges wear out quite quickly.
I cut out a small cube of the sponge and placed it under the stylus in rest position. I carefully lowered the stylus into and out of the sponge. To my complete surprise, simply that, cleaned the stylus. I mean really cleaned the stylus.
With a bit of on-line research, I found out that the sponge is made of Melamine Foam which has a honeycombed structure.
I also found it being sold on ebay for a fraction of the cost of buying the branded version from a store (averaging $5 each). 100 pcs for less than £5 including postage all the way from China. Doesn't seem possible, but 3 weeks later a large parcel arrived with 100 pcs of the sponge.
I can cut 10 stylus cleaning pads from each piece. I'm changing the pad once a month but I am sure it would last a lot longer.
I now have a lifetime supply of stylus cleaners for virtually nothing
I'm just amazed at how well the Melamine sponge works. Great too on phonograph styli.
I've also started using the sponges for cleaning cabinetwork. A dry sponge gently rubbed on any timber will bring it up. I bought some expensive smoke sponges a while back to clean smoke stains on a paper horn. The cheap Melamine sponges work just as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Melamine Foam for cleaning styli
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:47 pm 
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Brilliant! Thanks for this.

Are the magic eraser branded pads embedded with some type of cleaning solvent that isn't in your Chinese foam?


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 Post subject: Re: Melamine Foam for cleaning styli
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:53 pm 
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we use this also to clean the walls and yes there is a white solvent in it we wet ours with water squeeze it almost dry and go at it...after it dries on the walls from scrubbing.... we have to go back and clean off the residue on the walls from it....like a white chalky gritty stuff ..other than that i like it too;];];]


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 Post subject: Re: Melamine Foam for cleaning styli
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:06 am 
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chunnybh wrote:
Hi all,
For a number of years I have heard about the Magic Eraser sponge being used to clean styli.
We use this sponge in the kitchen to clean just about everything, my wife thinks it's the bees knees. The only drawback is the sponges wear out quite quickly.
I cut out a small cube of the sponge and placed it under the stylus in rest position. I carefully lowered the stylus into and out of the sponge. To my complete surprise, simply that, cleaned the stylus. I mean really cleaned the stylus.
With a bit of on-line research, I found out that the sponge is made of Melamine Foam which has a honeycombed structure.
I also found it being sold on ebay for a fraction of the cost of buying the branded version from a store (averaging $5 each). 100 pcs for less than $5 including postage all the way from China. Doesn't seem possible, but 3 weeks later a large parcel arrived with 100 pcs of the sponge.
I can cut 10 stylus cleaning pads from each piece. I'm changing the pad once a month but I am sure it would last a lot longer.
I now have a lifetime supply of stylus cleaners for virtually nothing
I'm just amazed at how well the Melamine sponge works. Great too on phonograph styli.
I've also started using the sponges for cleaning cabinetwork. A dry sponge gently rubbed on any timber will bring it up. I bought some expensive smoke sponges a while back to clean smoke stains on a paper horn. The cheap Melamine sponges work just as well.


Can you post the Ebay link to your Magic pad buy ?


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 Post subject: Re: Melamine Foam for cleaning styli
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:41 pm 
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Are the magic eraser branded pads embedded with some type of cleaning solvent that isn't in your Chinese foam?


The melamine sponges from China have no solvent in them. When washed, nothing comes out of them.
Here is just one of the many ebay suppliers.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/20-50-100PCS ... 1jMoSfIgyg


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