I am like a kid in a candy shop with new cleaning tools and products. Browsing in Home Depot the other day trying to hunt down what seems to be an elusive ice cream machine, I walked by a rack with a new cleaning tool from Scotch-Brite - a grout scrubber. Now those who read my blog regularly will know that I am slightly obsessed with grout - keeping it clean, being frustrated by it, etc. When I saw this new product, I thought to myself: Perhaps here is my solution.
After using it for the first time yesterday, I have mixed feelings.
Positives: Very easy to grip. The grout scrubbing part comes encased in a large foam handle making it very easy on the hands. As a person who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis with my hands being the most affected, I appreciate tools that are easy on the hands. Targeted cleaning. The design of the tool does allow maximum pressure and grout focus for the least effort. Nice and scratchy. I don't know how else to describe it other than nice and scratchy. All-in-all a great effort.
Downsides: Started to wear down quickly. I was using it in a huge bathroom with a lot of tiling and I noticed by the end it was already starting to wear down. Considering that I only used it for a fraction of the tile, I found this disappointing. Bad color choice. I don't think that cleaning tools of this nature should come in white. It just doesn't make sense. A plastic scrub brush that picks up no color is one thing, a scrubby that picks up color is another. As soon as I started to scrub at the brown grout, you guessed it - my scrubby turned brown. Washing it in bleach later that night didn't do anything to improve the situation either. I don't like using dirty-looking tools to clean, it just doesn't feel right.
Product Improvements: Create a tool with scrubby inserts that can be changed depending on the color of the grout and/or when they get worn down. That would be much more environmentally friendly. Making the scrubby out of biodegradable material would take it to a whole new level. Then I think the product would be quite fantastic!