For the interior, exterior and posterior

Friday, October 25, 1996

ScumBuster is water immersible and battery operated.
Special to the Star-Bulletin

New gadget
zaps bathroom grime

Mildew and sticky scum builds up at a rapid rate in humid Hawaii, but now there is a mechanical way to take it away.

It's ScumBuster, a cordless scrubber for those bathtub walls, tile and porcelain so difficult to keep clean. It can also be used on sinks and bathroom floors.

"ScumBuster is water-immersible, so it can duck into a sudsy bucket," said Chris Mitchell, public relations spokesman for Black & Decker Household Products, the manufacturer.

It comes with three attachments for different jobs: a 4 1/4-inch-wide round scouring pad for tiles and sinks; another 4 1/4-inch pad for grout and uneven surfaces, and a 2-inch-long circular detail brush for fixtures and corners.

"One woman gave it to her daughter to clean patio furniture, and another person is using it to clean the outside of boat windows," says Mitchell.

ScumBuster runs up to 25 minutes on one stick from the rechargeable VersaPak. Two sticks and a recharger are provided. Suggested retail price is $59.99.

A few of the ScumBusters have been shipped to mainland stores, but it won't become readily available here for a month or so, he says.

Black & Decker normally deals with larger chains, such as Kmart, Walmart, Sears and JC Penney, so the first ScumBusters may be carried by one of those stores, says Mitchell.

Hawaii shoppers can call Black & Decker at 1-800-231-9786 to find out when Scumbuster will be available in local stores.

Jerry Tune, Star-Bulletin

Send WatDat? questions, Making-A stories or any other story ideas or comments to: Features, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, P.O. Box 3080, Honolulu, HI 96802 or send a fax to 523-8509 or E-mail to Please include your phone number.

Text Site Directory:
[News] [Business] [Features] [Sports] [Editorial] [Community] [Info] [Stylebook] [Feedback]