S.M. Arnold Invented The First Wash Mitt with Help From a Famous Crooner

S.M. Arnold Inc. is a 20+ year partner of The Autobody Source

S.M. Arnold with its vendor of the year award in 2017
Pictured: International Autobody Marketing Group past-president Lloyd Fields (L) with S.M. Arnold Executive Vice-president Sandy Arnold (c), and IAMG Vice President Erika Brower, as IAMG presented S.M. Arnold with its vendor of the year award in 2017.

THE RUNDOWN: S. M. Arnold, Inc. has manufactured buffing and polishing pads, wash mitts, bug sponges, applicators, cheesecloth, brushes and brooms since 1928. Its brands are well-known in the industry and include, Spun Gold®, Prince of Wales Chamois™, Speedy Surface Prep®, Sure Scrub®, Scuff Away®, Speedy Foam®, Turbo Shine®, Sweep Master™, Vantage™, Cool-it®, Brite’N Up®, Water Sprite®, and Dragon Glide™, in addition to detailing clays, microfibers, interior protective products such as floor mats, refinishers, cleaners, and so much more.

ALL-TIME BEST-SELLER: Speedy Surface Prep® Clay Towel, and Water Sprite® PVA Drying Cloth

A standard-size Speedy Surface Prep™ Clay Towel can detail 50+ vehicles with less time & effort!

More: S.M. Arnold Speedy Surface Prep Decontamination System

The first car washing mitt was invented by S.M. Arnold at the turn of the 20th century

DID YOU KNOW?

“The company lore, as passed down by our father to us, is that in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s red tide was severely damaging the sponge beds. You didn’t really have the synthetic materials that are available today, so it had a big impact. Our grandfather, Sandy Arnold, came up with the idea of taking shearling and sewing it into a wash mitt, developing the first wash mitt for cleaning. We still make wash mitts!”

Sandy Arnold, with the support of his father, L.T. Arnold, and his brother-in-law, Gene Austin, started his business by selling chamois and sponges.
Gene Austin was one of the the first “crooners” and his recording in 1928 of “My Blue Heaven” was the largest selling record of the era.

FUN FACT

Sandy Arnold, with the support of his father, L.T. Arnold, and his brother-in-law, Gene Austin, started his business by selling chamois and sponges. Gene Austin was one of the the first “crooners” and his recording in 1928 of “My Blue Heaven” sold over five million copies, was the largest selling record at that time, was awarded a gold record, and his recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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