I don’t mind a bit of elbow grease and scrubbing action, so when I was offered the chance to try this forthcoming Today’s Special Value I was a bit unsure as to whether or not it would make life easier. However I have been meaning to clean the grout in my shower cubicle at home for many months (actually and embarrassingly, probably years).
It has not had a proper renovating clean since I put the tiles in probably seven or eight years ago, and I didn’t really think the grout would come up too well with just cleaning so had already bought a grout renovating kit in anticipation of a full repair. I had read in the instructions that it was important to clean the grout thoroughly before applying the treatment. So I thought the Turbo Scrub would be a good thing to use.
So this is what happened:
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I bought some specialist grout cleaner from my local DIY shop as I’ve used it in the past and it does a great job but you do have to work it in and that’s where all the hard work comes from. The turbo scrubber is surprisingly efficient and hard-working. The rechargeable battery delivers great power to any of the brush heads and I’m surprised at just how efficiently it got into all the nooks and crannies of the grout. One of the best brush heads was the cone-shaped one this seemed to be absolutely perfect for getting into the right angle where the floor met the wall. The result was that the grout cleaned up well, but in order to really transform it I think I will have to use my Grout Shield Restoration kit after all.
All I needed to finish the job were some microfibre cloths and these Greased Lightning ones are particularly good – long-lasting and good value.
If you need any particular cleaning solutions for the bathroom we have a few that do a great job; for limescale I can suggest S20 Lime & Calcium Concentrate Cleaner.
For general dirt and grime ( as well as limescale) Russell’s OzKleen seems very effective, although I haven’t tried it yet.
I initially thought that the turbo scrub would be mostly for people with manual dexterity problems however with the handle that reaches nearly four feet it makes life easy for those people who just don’t like to spend time on their hands and knees. Also, the turbo scrub does seem to cut through the dirt even quicker than a scrubbing brush does. The battery life means you can do the whole job on one charge and if you do need to charge it again that happens very quickly and the motor really doesn’t give up as easily as you might think. This means you can put a fair bit of pressure on the brush without it grinding to a halt. I can see it being particularly useful for cleaning showers and shower trays, the rails and tracks in showers because they seem to collect all the dirt, soap scum and limescale the world has to offer. But anywhere where the dirt collects, and it’s a pain in the neck to reach, the turbo scrub could really help.
The day after I tried the Turbo Scrub, I happened to bump into Kenny Pearce, who will be explaining all about it. He was out in the garden set filming some video of the Turbo Scrub in action (actually I think it was just a good excuse to wash his car really well). He was smiling a lot so, as a man who has seen many a gadget, I reckon it must have some legs.
Join us – Kenny, Claire Sutton and myself – on Tuesday 18th July for the morning show where I’ve no doubt I will find out about all sorts of other things the Turbo Scrub can help with.