I decided to try this for a 500sf floor tile job and a kitchen backsplash. It was a huge timesaver on the floor tile. The wide floor sponge was great. It was also nice not having to constantly change out water buckets. Combine those two things together and it paid for itself in one day.
When doing the kitchen backsplash it was ok. These were linear glass tiles 1" in width. It was great for working the grout joints and removing excess but when it came to cleaning I ended up using my normal sponge. Also the wall sponge adhesive started to fail after about 5 minutes and pretty much rendered it useless.
But all in all it was a great purchase for floors. For backsplashes I'll try it again but I'm not counting on it.
Barwalt Ultra Grouting System
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The Barwalt Ultra Grout Cleaning System is a time-saving grout cleanup system that cuts grouting time by up to 50%! The large grout bucket with rollers wrings out the sponge for you so you'll never have squeeze a dirty grout sponge again.
Grout Bucket System Features
- Large grout bucket with rollers.
- New added bonus: abrasive & non abrasive scrub pads supplied at no extra charge.
- Sponges attach to handle with hook & loop fastening system.
- The thin slits in the Barwalt grout sponges grab more grouting material than a standard non-slitted sponge.
- To clean the sponge, pump the sponge against the grate to loosen debris, then roll the sponge over the 3 rollers to wring it clean.
- To clean the tile, dip and roll the sponge clean then drag the sponge diagonally across the tile.
- Bucket has 4 bottom casters for easy rolling around the job site.
- One of the best grout cleaning systems on the market - you will be amazed by how clean the floor can be!
- Barwalt Ultra Grout Cleaning System
- 2 Handles with Hook and Loop Attachment
- 1 Floor Sponge (5-1/4" x 13-1/2")
- 1 Wall Sponge (6" x 11-1/2")
- Abrasive Scrub Pad (Blue)
- Non-Abrasive Scrub Pad (White)
Ratings & Reviews
Most Helpful Reviews
I've been using this same brand among all other brands of grouting systems since they've came out 10 or 15 years ago. Always been super helpful always leaves great and even grout joints. Even though they say you can use them on walls I've never been successful or happy with any grout system. They leave walls to wet . Which washes out your joints ect... but the tool pays for itself on one floor. I've grouted thousands of sqft. With this exact one, other ones and regular sponge aswell. Anyway this was the cheapest one I could find and I could never live without one. It was on my doorstep in like 2 or 3 days.
I was always a sponge and bucket guy. Another installer talked me into trying this system. Tried it on pre-mixed urethane grout powder grout and even lvt really worked well. It really helped keep the joints in the lvt full almost looked like a vinyl sheet floor when I was done.
Don't listen to the guy with all the crazy instructions, I have been using this kit for 15 + years and all you have to do is don't put any extra pressure on the sponge and DO NOT MODIFY A THING it is designed to work well for those who use it right. I would not ever do another tile job without this tool. And the slits work great like tiny squeegees and if they are leaving marks in your grout, you are putting way too much pressure. The less pressure the better. I can grout 2000 ft. with one bucket of water, cleaning it only once and it is absolutely flawless. Try not to get any water on the floor though as it will cause discoloration.
When I saw the video on this and some of the replies I said to myself ... Self can you really think this item is going to help you in your tiling work. Well let me tell you this is the best thing since sliced bread. I can remember the response on the guy that helps me with my tiling jobs ... holy crap, now what am I going to do. You see he hauled the water and clean the sponges. Now he just watches. I just couldnt beleive the results. I was wondering were the residue was going on when I cleaned the sponge. I'm going to order another one so the guy watching now that carried the water has something to do. Out standing job by Barwalt ... thank you, Bob
One of the best. Makes grout cleanup a breeze. Saves time. A great product. I used it now my son has his own business and had to have one.
this product rocks !! cuts job at least in half or more with compared to traditional sponge and bucket w/water
Huge timesaver over 5 gallon bucket and sponge. Sponges last a long time and clean better. Well worth the money.
Saves a lot of time
These grout buckets are awesome. I wish that I had started using them five years sooner. The only thing that I dont like is the hook and loop material is glued to the handle comes off. I buy the shorter handles, they are made better and work great with this bucket.
Wish i would have bought one years ago cuts my grouting time in half.
goodbye dishpan hands! It was nice to be able to cover a much larger area in one swipe. Now I don't need to store 50 buckets and a 100 sponges
Excellent product, made grouting much easier then before.
THIS TOOL IS DESIGNED WELL AND WORKS FANTASTIC AS IS WITHOUT ANY MODIFICATION. IT DOES AS IT CLAIMS IT WILL DO. I WISH I BOUGHT IT SOONER. HARDLY NEED TO WEAR GLOVES BECAUSE WATER IS NOT IN CONTACT WITH HANDS. EVEN A PERSON WITH NO EXPERIENCE CAN GET AMAZING RESULTS.
I'm generally not a review writer, but with this product I will make an acception.
After receiving product I had to wait a couple weeks before giving it a go. And when my first grout job came around, I was weary of using it. Due to the material I was grouting was old Chicago brick pavers. These are very porous and absorb water unlike any other material I've installed. Not to mention the 3/8" to 1/2" joints between brick.
But I decided to use the grouting system anyway. I figured if it destroyed my sponge , I'd just buy another.
I must say, this system worked like a dream. The tooling of grout joints was done in half the time. The final wipe was done in half the time. There were areas I had to wipe with a normal sponge, so I had an opportunity to compare the 2. And if I'd had to do this whole job with that normal sponge, I'd still be there.
In the end, job was completed in half the time and the grouting system's sponge is still in tact. I would highly recommend this product. Even for the toughest jobs.
After years of using 5 - 6 buckets of clean water and cleaning with a sponge that is only about 6 inches wide, I used one of these last Saturday and let me tell u it was awesome, I felt deprived that I have never saw or knew about this. It cuts the time down on grouting huge and picks all the excess grout up in one swipe. You can't go wrong buy this tool it is awesome!!!
The only concern I have is that hooks on sponge handle are not glued very well. I have to glue them again after a week of use
I filled in the roller holes with thinset with Kerelastic to help dry the sponge more. I also cut the rinsing grid down so it takes less water to fill. The instruction video is dead wrong when the guy floods the floor and then goes back over it. Your goal should be to try dressing and finishing in 2 passes over any given area (including the overlap of the previous pass), with the leading edge LOWER than the tailing edge (put more pressure on the front). Only 1-2 square feet per "rinse and squeeze" cycle should be done, otherwise there will be too much haze left over. View sponge after you wipe to see if you're doing too much (tailing edge should still be clean). Slits in the sponge suck, as their only effect is to maybe leave a mark in the grout if you press too hard. I like their thinness though (easier squeezing). Bucket stability is ok, perhaps not as good as other buckets, but the water stays in really good when rollering. 3 rollers really help to not overshoot the rollers, thus saving about 1 precious second per squeeze, and more when you don't have to clean up the water on the cabinet faces when you do. It's just big enough if you want to use an oversized sponge. The only improvements I might further suggest would be to have locking casters on the back as well as the front and a flexible yet strong bottom that allows for easy knocking out of hardened grout. It's too rigid to do that now, so a putty knife works. The grid supports are cones that fill with grout. I don't like the hook and loop design because it limits squeezing (I think sponges should be contact cemented on). The heavy handles sure feel nice though, and are easy on blisters. There are no bearings in the rollers, yet all the plastic involved somehow shows no wear after more than a year of use. Change the video and the Barwalt Ultra is approaching perfection. Well done.
THIS TOOL IS DESIGNED WELL AND DOES EVERYTHING AS IT CLAIMS. LITERALLY CUT GROUT CLEANUP TIME IN HALF. NO NEED TO MODIFY ANYTHING, JUST USE IT AS IT WAS INTENDED. I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS WITH A SPONGE FOR SO LONG BEFORE. I WISH I HAD BOUGHT THIS SOONER. A PERSON WITHOUT EXPERIENCE COULD EVEN ACHIEVE EXCELLENT RESULTS.