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When the going gets tough.
Spontex Tough Scourers
Member Name: springtide
Spontex Tough Scourers
Advantages: Great on burnt pans and greasy ovens.
Disadvantages: They tend to unravel
We have a lovely word in Lancashire, "Sponny". This is the word you use when something looks bright and shiny, neat and clean. So if someone came up to you and said. 'By eck, that car looks sponny." You would be well pleased. Whether Spontex considered this when they chose their brand name is hard to say but their tough pan scrubs have certainly helped me to "sponny up" my flat lately.
I can't remember where I bought them from but I certainly remember thinking that they looked useful. They come in a rather strange twin pack, each scrub encased in a little clear plastic dome which shares a cardboard backing. Once you have liberated it from it's little plastic prison you can examine the scrub. I have never seen others like this. They resemble a ball or nest, of very fine stainless steel strands, a bit like some exotic metal pasta or noodles. The scrub fits into the palm of my hand and strangely although it looks like it should feel rough it is remarkably soft to the touch.
I use these scrubs for really tough jobs and as I have been doing a deep clean just recently I have now, not quite, but nearly, worn my last scrub out and the remains of it are sitting on my desk. It has earned a decent rest though. First of all I tackled some neglected pans, armed with rubber gloves,de-greasant and a scrub it made short work of the outside of the frying pan. Next I took the oven to bits and cleaned every bit I could get at. The scrub was great for the oven rack and the side supports as it curved around the rails and got into all the corners. On the flat sides of the oven it removed all the fat splashes only using some water. It has not left any scratches but I would hesitate to use these on any soft plastic surfaces.
Next it proved to be just the thing for removing paint splashes on terracotta tiles. We have just painted the outside wall of our flat and the brown terracotta tiles were liberally speckled with sploshes of cream paint. I spent a happy couple of hours on Sunday on my hands and knees with a bucket of water and my Spontex scrub, it did occasionally leave a faint dark mark but this soon washed away.
One problem with these scrubs is that they do tend to fall apart with serious use and sort of unravel. The next stage is they shed little bits of the strands and you have to be careful to sweep them all up. The best thing to do is to bin them before they get to this stage. They never seem to get rusty even when they have been left damp and work surprisingly well on grease, a lot better than brillo pads which i hate. I think they would be ideal for cleaning barbecues. I do like how any gunge washes out of them unlike some sponge scrubs to which the grease seems to cling and become very unhygienic. Used sensibly these scrubs can certainly help with the tough jobs inside and outside the house and I will certainly be buying more.
5 stars from me even though they do unravel.
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Summary: Good pan scrubs for tough jobs.