Sponge King

Sponge King
By: Amy Jacquin

It claims to be a powerful suction block, a sponge that can soak up to 10x its weight in liquid.
But should you swap $20s for the Sponge King?
Our challengers for the Sponge King include lots of plain old water. Then we move on to tomato juice cocktail. And finally motor oil.
Our defender, the Sponge King, claims to be good for the house, the car, the boat, just about anywhere. For our first test, we put the sponge in a bowl with about two inches of water. Immediately you can see the sponge absorbing the water; it doesn't' bloat like a regular sponge, instead it stays the same size. But it becomes much heavier. Since water weighs more than the sponge material, yes, it probably soaks up 10x its weight. And when you wring it out -- you get almost a coffee-mug full. But that's not much more than a regular, large sponge.
Then we 'spilled' some tomato juice cocktail, and attempted to wipe it up with the Sponge King. Two slow wipes on either side picked it up pretty good. I'm afraid if I went any faster, it would just smear.
But is it as effective on carpeting? The same test, giving the promised sucking action some time to work, but it leaves a little of the stain behind. So we rinse and scrub, and this takes care of the rest of the stain. Not any easier than a sponge or paper towel, but just as effective.
The Sponge King claims to be resistant to oil and grease. But how well does it pick it up? The Sponge King does suck up some of the oil, but the stain needs more chemicals and dissolvers added to it before the sponge soaks it up. And that's something the directions tell you up front; you need to dilute stains before even trying to take them out of carpets.
Now on to something we saw them do at the home show in St. Louis. Marketers promise it'll hold water, and dramatically demonstrate that fact by soaking the sponge, grabbing it, and flipping it at the audience! But at the home show, the audience stays dry.
Our test didn't quite turn out that way. Once it's soaked, you can pick it up without much water dripping out. But when we flung it at a mirror, water splattered everywhere. Repeatedly. I don't know how they did it, but we couldn't get the sponge to hold-on to its water.
Overall it's not a bad sponge, but don't expect it to be a miracle stain remover. You can clean it in the dishwasher or clothes washer, and it's supposed to last five years -- which it better for $20 bucks! I don't believe the Sponge King is deserving of it's "royal title." I give it a 'C.'