The Magic Green Stuff Pouring out of the Bottle
Soill Climbing Holds recently came out with a special grip wash that comes in a “powder” form. Prior to them coming out with this wash, most of the industry standard was using Muratic Acid, which is nasty stuff. This is a lot better/nicer then that (but maybe not as effective)…well at least you won’t melt your face off.
I didn’t realize there was other options to clean your holds until recently but found that vinegar is an amazing solution:
READ MORE HERE ON HOW TO CLEAN WITH VINEGAR: http://andylibrande.com/homeclimbingwall/2012/11/how-to-clean-climbing-holds/
Link to Grip Wash here: http://www.soillholds.com/grip-wash
Video on How to Use Grip Wash (quite entertaining for a how-to video!!!)(also this is the liquid version which is suppose to be the same as the powder version):
So iLL GRIP WASH from CryptoChild on Vimeo.
Here is my abbreviated review of Soill Grip Wash:
Vinegar vs. Soill Grip Wash:
I filmed some stuff, however I am lazy and it takes a while to put together a film, so here is the quick run-down:
- Soill grip wash I would say is a little better at removing the nastiest of rubber then vinegar
- Works slightly faster then vinegar
- Can be used in a dishwasher
- Is an awesome Green Color
- Smells a lot better then vinegar
- Very portable and doesn’t take up much room (unlike 1 gallon vinegar bottles)
- Expensive: 1 bottle is ~$18 and according to directions can only do 5-10 batches at most. One gallon of vinegar is only $3-5 and can do at least 5 batches.
Should you Buy it?:
Vinegar is kind of the magic cleaning solution. Try vinegar first. It can’t hurt the holds and you may like the results. Also vinegar is regularly available at your local grocery store.
If that doesn’t cut it then try the Grip Wash. In my opinion the Grip Wash is slightly better then vinegar but not significantly.
I also found that for some companies the SoiLL grip wash was slightly better. Again not super-conclusive but just general observations.
If you are a commercial climbing gym I would give it a try just to see if it does make your process better and or faster as that may mean more $$$ in your pocket.
The Battle beween the Green Stuff the Smelly Stuff