Register free!
Search
 
     

Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-03-2009, 01:50 PM
Wisentaner Wisentaner is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Nantucket Ma
Posts: 39
Suggestions for cleaning sprayers after CT

Just purchased my first skid sprayer and was looking for suggestions on giving it a good cleaning after spraying CT
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-03-2009, 02:07 PM
ICT Bill ICT Bill is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Howard County MD
Posts: 4,120
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wisentaner View Post
Just purchased my first skid sprayer and was looking for suggestions on giving it a good cleaning after spraying CT
The thing you are trying to avoid is a build up of bio-film. Someone with more experience than me will chime in. Hear is what I have experienced, "weekdays" at the end of the day with emprty unit, put several gallons of clean water in the sprayer and spray the exterior and interior with it. If you see a buiild up mix up a batch of hydrogen peroxide, purchase ssodium percarbonate and mix it up yourself, you'll go broke with the 3% mix you can buy in the store. You can also use peroxyactic acid, it is used in the food industry, acetic acid is an excellent bactericide
Spray the inside with the mixture

caution: H2O2 is an oxidizer and is not kind to eyes and mucus membranes
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-03-2009, 02:31 PM
terrapro's Avatar
terrapro terrapro is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: mid-mich
Posts: 1,234
I have been meaning to ask also. Would a bleach mix work or is that to much?
__________________
Terrapro Landscape Service
Landscape maintenance and gardening services
Licensed and insured professional horticulturalist
Snow removal- commercial and residential
www.terraprolandscape.com
Equipment list- A bucket and some pruners.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-03-2009, 03:52 PM
Prolawnservice Prolawnservice is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: central jersey
Posts: 616
Just don't leave the tea sitting in it, when your done rinse it out with water, Dr I. said to blast it with the hose w your thumb over the end, for your brewer, just after brewing and the sprayer, when your done for the day, like bill said if you notice a build up get out the heavier stuff. Then you can wash your truck(s) too, with the wash water.
__________________
A wise man once told me: Believe nothing that you hear and about half of what you see.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-03-2009, 04:09 PM
treegal1's Avatar
treegal1 treegal1 is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: drifting.......
Posts: 4,021
hi I am billy mays to tell you about Oxy clean...........
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-03-2009, 05:29 PM
ICT Bill ICT Bill is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Howard County MD
Posts: 4,120
Quote:
Originally Posted by treegal1 View Post
hi I am billy mays to tell you about Oxy clean...........
Oxi-Clean = sodium percarbonate same same, Oxi-clean has some stuff in it that smells good
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-03-2009, 05:59 PM
phasthound's Avatar
phasthound phasthound is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Mt. Laurel, NJ
Posts: 4,046
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wisentaner View Post
Just purchased my first skid sprayer and was looking for suggestions on giving it a good cleaning after spraying CT
Never let any CT sit in the tank. If the tank is empty start cleaning immediately. If not empty but applications are done, empty and clean immediately.

Cleaning is imperative and the worst part of using CT. I pressure wash interior and flush the system with clean water. During the high season when I'm applying tea daily, I'll spend an hour or so once a week inside my 500 gal tank and hand scrub it using oxyclean. Yea, tons of fun.

I have been able to reduce the clean up when I use ICT products without my own brewed tea.

My experience is that cleaning the sprayer is harder than cleaning the brewer. With my new cone bottom brewer, I just have to rinse it out & start the next brew.
__________________
Barry Draycott

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-04-2009, 12:56 AM
hunter's Avatar
hunter hunter is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Texas
Posts: 254
I been using bleach and never any build up. Just make sure you rinse well after scrubbing with the bleach.
__________________
------------------------------------------------------
Quote:
I don't believe too much in looking back. If you've done well, you're too inclined to become smug. If you've done poorly, you're inclined to become discouraged. Keep looking ahead - yesterday's done with - think about today and tomorrow. - George S. May
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-04-2009, 08:52 AM
growingdeeprootsorganicly growingdeeprootsorganicly is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: obamaland
Posts: 770
oxy clean also has sodium carbonate +detergents, works well, is cheap and available every where.

i like to use 35% peroxide, can be expensive but if you look hard you can find good deals, buy in bulk, rinse your sprayer tank first with water hose with drain open, perhapps use a long handled scrub brush at the same time if needed, fill a few g then run sprayer for a second to get some gunk out of lines and empty, then fill sprayer with 2-4g water then add a oz or so of the full strength peroxide, take ur sprayer nozzle and then spray/ recirculate it back to your tank rinsing it and spraying the whole inside of tank, especially the inside top, drain, refill with some more water to rinse peroxide out, done... yes it's a PITA to do but is very necessary, bio film's build quickly and invisibly,

i personally would stay away from using the bleach
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:49 AM.

Page generated in 0.09415 seconds with 7 queries