Pragmatic Products introduced the Bucket Ape, a new tool for the tile and stone industry’s professionalsand DIYers. By consensus the most hated job of tile installation is grout cleaning where you invariably find yourself endlessly trekking 40 lbs of water in and out of a home or commercial jobsite. While there are commercial products on the market for professional installers to clean tile during installation, they are cost prohibitive for the DIYers. The Bucket Ape system is designed to deliver the same advantages as the commercial products but at a discount of 95%, making it an affordable investment for DIY homeowners and professionals.
A whole house tiling project can involve hauling up to 3600 lbs (90 buckets) of water, nearly two tons. Bucket Ape completely eliminates hauling buckets and virtually eliminates the risk of repetitive stress injury to back, knees, and shoulders. Bucket Ape achieves its low cost through leveraging common items that most people already have on hand: a standard five gallon bucket, a garden hose to supply fresh water, and another garden hose to drain dirty water outside. Bucket Ape gives new purpose to items that might otherwise end up in the landfill, and it can even reduce water usage by 60% compared to traditional tile cleaning methods. Prices range from $7.95 for the Bucket Ape itself to the most expensive kit of $29.95 for the “High Capacity Ready-to-Use” system.
How It Works
The system certainly isn’t magic. It works by affixing an intermediate container at the top of the bucket which serves as a staging area for cleaning and as a water flow diverter. Then, users drill one or two holes at the bottom of the bucket to facilitate included hose adapters that allow the bucket to siphon out water from the bottom. Two house outlets provide twice the outflow, and the Bucket Ape can be ordered in nearly any configuration. They even show the use of a pump to provide a very high flow, single hose outlet system. Since the Bucket Ape is a passive system that only includes the top pan and hose adapters & washers, it’s an economical solution that nearly anyone can use. The price ranges from just $7.95 for the Bucket Ape (no hose adapters or washers), to $29.95 for a kit that includes a bucket and two outlet adapters pre-installed.
Rob Parker, President of Pragmatic Products, says, “Our goal was to make a product that offered value to DIY customers, ideally a one job pay back. We had resounding success. The price point of Bucket Ape is below the cost of one man-hour, so for our professional customers Bucket Ape offers a tremendous value.”
Please visit www.BucketApe.com for more information, online ordering, or to locate a local dealer.