Manufactured cellulose sponges are some of the most common cleaning sponges on the market. Cellulose sponges are made from wood fibers and although fabricated, they are much more eco-friendly than plastic ones since they go through a less toxic manufacturing process, making them biodegradable.
What are cellulose sponges made of?
Cellulose sponges are made of wood pulp so that small holes inside the sponge can absorb liquid and hold it inside. These sponges are soft inside their sealed packaging because they are usually treated with a soap that keeps them pliable. This treatment also keeps bacteria from growing inside the package before they are purchased. It is a good idea to rinse your sponges out thoroughly before you first use them.
Where can you use cellulose sponges?
Cellulose sponges work well for a variety of household and commercial applications. Cellulose sponges are used for all types of household chores including general cleaning, kitchen and bathroom. They are used for dishwashing, cleaning counter-tops, sinks, appliances and floors. In addition to kitchen use, cellulose sponges also work well for bathroom cleaning of showers, tile, sinks, countertops and glass. Although the sponge can be sterilized with heat or an antibacterial soap, cellulose sponges should not be used to wipe up bacteria rich material such as raw egg or raw meat juices, as dangerous bacterial growth can occur. In addition to kitchen and bathroom use, cellulose sponges are also used by tradesman and do-it-yourselfers for various applications including drywall, wallpapering, tile and grout, pottery making and for all types of home projects.
Cellulose Sponge Mops
Sponge mops consist of a spongy head that usually has an attached wringer. They may have removable heads that allow for easier rinsing and replacement when necessary. Sponge mops are great for cleaning tile and other uneven surfaces. However, you need to properly maintain and care for them to avoid the spread of bacteria. Rinse the mop completely when you finish the floors, then place it upright in an area where it can completely dry. A wet mop will breed bacteria. When the sponge on the mop begins to break apart, or if the mop begins to smell or discolor, replace the mop head. Purchase your Janico sponge mops here.
How do you clean cellulose sponges?
- Rinse sponges thoroughly after each use and allow them to dry completely in open air.
- You can also run sponges through a cycle in the dishwasher on the top rack.
- Some people prefer to microwave their sponge for up to 30 seconds (Make sure the sponge is wet; otherwise, it can cause a fire in the microwave.)