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, Doug with his son, Chris, decided it was time to add a new product to the Grit Guard line, specifically a buffing pad washer. Since the Grit Guard® insert cleaned brushes, wash mitts, and microfiber applicators, why couldn't the Grit Guard® Insert clean buffing pads as well? Doug and Chris devised a spring-loaded integral support system that also pumps water into the underside of the buffing pads and would keep the Grit Guard® Insert close to the top of a 5 gallon bucket. Pads would 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 top 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.