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Good for tough jobs, but has some drawbacks
on March 19, 2013
I've been using magic eraser for a few years now, and no doubt, it is indeed good for what it is and does. If you have some wicked awful mark on a cabinet or a wall, this will get it off!
It's removed pen and crayon from cabinets and doors and walls and even laminate flooring (thanks kids!!), and even removed hair dye that had sunk into a painted cabinet surface as well as a bathroom wall - which is really pretty impressive since that stuff fiercely permeates every surface it comes into contact with! - but it has some drawbacks.
My first issue with this product is that it leaves a white, chalky film behind where you clean, which is horribly awful to the touch and is a real pain to clean up. You can't just whip out your magic eraser, clean up that spot on the wall and go, you need to follow up with a soapy water or surface cleaner and really get it thoroughly cleaned up or else it is noticeable upon drying.
The other issue i have with this product is that it easily crumbles with use. The actual eraser pad tends to completely fall apart into pieces while in use. Granted, this is not a huge issue, but it gets annoying especially when tackling more difficult jobs that require extra elbow grease.
Lastly, it does have a tendency to remove actual paint from the surfaces you are cleaning. If you are again, cleaning a difficult job, be careful as you might remove some small amounts of paint. Not large swatches of paint, but you will notice a loss of paint in a type of stippling effect, so to speak. It is probably not noticeable on a large scale but I felt it was worth noting.
Overall, I would recommend cleaning and just repainting any areas you really have issues with, assuming you have leftover paint for touch ups, but if not this is the next best thing. I still buy these for small jobs even though I've made it a habit of keeping small jars of touchup paint in my house, but from experience will not use these for more than the occasional pen mark or such.
Good to have on hand, but it's definitely a bit more than it would seem to get the most out of this product!