Grout grime be gone
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The claim: Grout grime be gone with Grout Gator to keep your shower sparkling clean. Because grout is porous, bacteria and mold tend to build up in this area. Grout Gator takes care of dirty grout, saves time, saves money and makes the tiles in your home beautiful as it rids them of harmful toxins. Grout Gator has moveable grout-cleaning brushes that can be adjusted to clean various tile widths, from 2 inches to 13 inches, as well as working on multiple grout lines at one time. With its beveled brushes that can deep clean the tightest of grout lines and the ergonomically designed handle, the Grout Gator helps you clean without the misery.
There's nothing high-tech about the Grout Gator, but its simplicity works. Four brushes arrayed along a squeegee-like handle are supposed to let you scrub up to four lines of grout at once, shortening your cleaning time. It still requires some elbow grease, soap and scrubbing, but it makes for a more efficient tool the narrower your tiles are and the more grout you can clean simultaneously.
The brushes are movable and removable after loosening a little plastic thumbscrew on each brush, so you can space them to match the width of your tiles. The basic package comes with four standard brushes. You can buy additional brushes or tapered brushes that would slide onto the handle if you have small tiles or narrow grout, which could multiply your efforts even more.
The Grout Gator's drawbacks would be that it's best for wide swaths of straight, uninterrupted tile. It's tougher to scrub uneven or offset tiles, and the wide handle bangs into things like soap dishes, tap handles or shower heads, so you need to do closer, detailed work with a separate brush (or one you've slid off of the handle) to get close to those parts of your tub. It loses efficiency on wider tiles or floor tiles, for which it can only reach about two lines of grout at once, but a device that lets you cut cleaning time by half is still pretty efficient.
- Matthew Santoni
Grout Gator has four heads of movable bristles that can be adjusted to the width of the tile. In theory, you're cleaning four lines of grout at once.
I found that the two center heads cleaned the best, and the bristles on the far left and right not so much. I really had to press down hard to get all four to clean equally well.
The secret to using this is adjusting the bristles to the correct width. I had to adjust several times, as the width of my tile varies. I thought the Grout Gator was awkward to use around the spigot, hot and cold water nozzles and the shower head.
Grout Gator cleaned best along big stretches of tile ï¿½ such as along the length of the tub. In the corners, I had to adjust the width of the bristles several times and sometimes used it sideways.
- Sandra Skowron
My first impression of the Grout Gator was that it was surprisingly heavy. While many modern cleaning aids are kind of flimsy, it has a solid feel that promises above-average construction and durability.
Then there are the brushes. Stiff and dense, they spread little, if at all, while I bore down on some of the tougher spots. So, they stayed on the grout instead of flattening across the adjacent tiles. They're also easy to adjust, with set bolts that hold them in place, so you can change the spacing for irregular tiles on the edges of the wall.
The handle is stiff enough that I could apply extra pressure on either side by twisting the handle instead of having to use my other hand to push down the brush that needed some extra scrubbing power. That's handy when you're leaning over the tub and need that hand on the wall to keep from falling in.
- Brian Bowling