Grit Guard, Inc. was started by Doug Lamb, the inventor of the Grit Guard® Insert, a product that fits in the bottom of any 3.5, 4, 5, 6, and 7 gallon bucket, and acts as a settling filter, to prevent dirt and grit from contaminating wash mitts and brushes while washing vehicles. Doug hated washing his red car, because it seemed like every time he washed it, it marred the paint, leaving unsightly swirl marks, scratches, and spider webbing in the vehicles bright red finish. Doug went to the drawing board, devising a prototype that fit in the bottom of a bucket, separating the grit and grime from the wash mitt. The idea of the Grit Guard was born.
In 2006, someone suggested to Doug that Grit Guard should develop a buffing pad washer. Doug remembered how well the Grit Guard® Insert cleans brushes, wash mitts, microfiber applicators, why couldn’t the Grit Guard® Insert clean buffing pads as well? Doug devised a spring-loaded support system that would keep the Grit Guard Insert close to the top of a 5 gallon bucket, so the pad could be cleaned on the Grit Guard® Insert while being slightly submerged in water. This worked incredibly well as buffing pads cleaned up in mere seconds! This surface could be used to clean all types of buffing pads, and since the cleaning action relied on the motion of the buffer, not the motion of the pad washer, it worked with all different types of buffers and polishers. The Universal Pad Washer was born.
The pad washer was a product that was tested and used in the field countless times, resulting in many new improvements and ideas, such as the Grit Guard Extension, which acted like an orange juice squeezer, deeply penetrating the buffing pad. The Grit Guard Extension fits anywhere around the Grit Guard® Insert, allowing the user to target hard to clean areas of the pads, such as the edges or the center. It also fits into the splash guard lid, and is used to extract excess moisture from the buffing pad, so there is no need to dry the pads before putting them back to work.