There are two types of cleaning methods that you can do to ensure your grow goes smoothly. The first is sanitation and the second is sterilization.
Sanitation refers to the removal of any debris inside your unit. To do so, please do the following:
- Remove any spilled nutrients, excess water, or dead plant material you find in the reservoir. Removing dead leaves immediately reduces the risk of pests or diseases get a foothold in your system.
- To clean your intake fans use compressed air, shooting from the inside out, to remove any debris.
- To clean the door, use a microfiber cloth. These are very sensitive and can scratch easily. Don't use an alcohol based cleaner like Windex, and make sure you don't use much pressure.
- To clean both the outside and inside of the metal walls, use isopropyl alcohol and a soft cloth.
- To clean your wood top, use none abrasive soap as it has previously been sealed with a varnish.
Sterilization refers to the removal of all pathogens in the system and focuses on our deep water culture reservoir. To do so, please do the following:
- Prepare a solution of 50% water (tap is fine) with 50% white vinegar to eliminate any bacteria, fungus, spores or viruses that may have found their way into your system.
- Remove the lid from the reservoir and scrub the underside with the solution. Rinse well and allow to dry.
- Drain your unit.
- Put your pH and EC sensors in two separate cups of tap water outside the unit, still attached. This is to make sure they stay wet during this process.
- Fill a bucket with the solution and fill the unit. Allow the unit to soak for 30 minutes.
- Drain your unit.
- Using a non-abrasive scrub brush and the remaining solution in the bottom of the reservoir, scrub the sides and bottom of your reservoir.
- Fill your unit with clean water, then drain again. Wipe out the excess water in the bottom with a sponge or paper towels and do a final wipe down of all surfaces.
- At this point, your unit has now been cleaned. Good job!
Please note we have created a cleaning mode recipe just for cleaning.
This new recipe will allow all growers to drain and fill their unit as often as they like, without dosing nutrients or balancing pH.
It has lights on, fans off, bubbler off. You can clean and calibrate your probes in this mode!
Bonus cleaning tip: If you notice your airstone is slowing down the flow of bubbles into your reservoir, giving it a good clean can help clear this up. After step 7, prepare a 35% hydrogen peroxide solution (mixed 50/50 with water) and pour enough into your reservoir to cover your air stone. Let the system sit for an hour, then fill and drain your unit. One final wipe down, and you're ready to fill your unit and begin growing again!
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