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Old 02-03-2008, 03:42 AM
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We got an Italian leather couch a few years ago. I really like it except for one thing: it's cream colored. Normally, that wouldn't be a problem since it goes with just about any decor. But with 2 kids and a puppy, it doesn't stay clean very long. Dirt and grime gets into the small grooves in the leather and discolors it. After a couple of years of trying everything in the book to clean it, I finally discovered a solution.

I tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser found at the grocery store. I used to use it on our walls when my son was going through the stage where he drew pictures with crayons there. I took a bowl of water and mild dish detergent and some paper towels. I put the Eraser in the mixture, wrung out the water, and lightly went over the couch. Then I wiped up the excess water and dirt with a towel. It was amazing what the difference was. (Always test a small patch somewhere on the couch that is unnoticeable before trying to clean it like this. Some leathers may react differently than others.)
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Old 02-04-2008, 11:18 PM
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I tried that but the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser would fall apart on me. You don't have that problem?
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:48 AM
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When I first did it, the eraser would fall apart because I was scrubbing back and forth. Now I just scrub in one direction, pick it up, and start at the same spot scrubbing in one direction. It seems to work better for me that way. Also, make sure it is damp enough. If it's not wet, it's going to fall apart more easily.
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Old 02-05-2008, 08:02 AM
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We have light colored ceramic tile in our home. I thought it was clean, but you should see how much cleaner it looks after using the Magic Eraser. Those things are awesome - but be prepared to use several of them in the course of a large project.
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:16 AM
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Oh! i do hope we can get that here in Australia.

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Old 03-27-2010, 08:46 AM
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You can get them at Woolies and coles Maggie, I'm in Sydney !!
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