A Better Way to Grout
Barwalt Ultra Grouting System has several features not seen in many cheaper grouting kits which can make this dirty job a little easier and more comfortable.
In my constant search for products to make grouting more tolerable, I ran across the Barwalt Ultra Grouting System ($95). The setup consists of a rinse bucket, two hook-and-loop grout-sponge handles with interchangeable sponges, and two scrubbing pads. The bucket’s wheels make it easy to move when full and a plastic screen that stands off the bottom cleans dirty sponges and keeps the rinse water cleaner.
Three spindles on top of the bucket wring the sponge after it’s rinsed. The setup I bought includes a large floor float that’s roughly 5 in. by 13 in. and a smaller wall float (6 in. by 11 in). After using the system for the first time, I realized I’ve been grouting the wrong way for 18 years. The bucket screen keeps the water clean longer, saving water changes and making it worlds easier to keep up with the quick-drying premixed grouts. The padded handles on the sponges are comfortable and keep your hands out of the rinse water. The rollers quickly wring out the rinsed sponge with a few passes. Unfortunately, the oversize sponges are too big for tight areas like backsplashes, but a regular grout sponge fills in when needed. If you grout more than once or twice a year, it’s a no-brainer.
Andrew Grace, a remodeler in Ligonier, Pa.
Photo: courtesy of Barwalt
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