The concept was born in September, 1993, at the home of company founders John and Patty Mueller. John asked Patty to clean the small shower stall in their home. Since John has always been the bathroom cleaner in the relationship, Patty's idea of cleaning the shower consisted of unloading the bottle of Tilex on every surface and letting it eat away the crud! And, of course, she didn't rinse away the chemicals, thinking the next person showering serves as the rinsing device. Unfortunately for John, he got a mild chemical burn on the bottom of his feet! He agreed there was not an easy way to rinse the walls of their stall. He knew a hand-held shower could easily rinse the walls, but he hated the look of the clunky apparatus hanging there all the time. He wanted a permanently installed, quick-connect valve on the shower arm that would allow him to plug in a hose with a sprayer when he needed and store it away when not in use. It seemed so simple, it had to be in the stores. So off they went. What they found in the stores disappointed them. There were lots of handheld showers, there were slip-on sprayers for tub downspouts, there were flip switch diverter valves (for those who wanted a fixed showerhead and a handheld shower), but no quick-connect valve with hose combinations. Thinking maybe it was only them with the problem of the "shower cleaning hassle", they started asking others. It soon became clear that this was a universal problem, and others thought John's idea was a good one. So the next step was to visit the library to do a patent search and see if the product existed. Their search turned up nothing, and so they went to a patent attorney to do a "real search". Again, nothing similar. A decision was made to proceed with engineering design, prototype development, patent application, and additional market research. POWER SPRAYER" became a reality, and the first sales occurred in July, 1995 on QVC. Next, POWER SPRAYER" began appearing in catalogs and stores. Hotels and healthcare facilities are now experiencing cleaner showers, thanks to a RINSE ACE® valve in every room and a hose/sprayer on each housekeeping cart.