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How to Use Sprayer Cleaner

By DoMyOwn staff

An important step in pest management is cleaning out the sprayer you use. If you skip cleaning your sprayer on a regular basis, it could seriously effect the chemical that you are trying to spray. In this video, we will give you the basic steps you need to know in order to keep your Pesticide Spray Tank clean!

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Keeping your Pesticide Spray Tank clean is essential to effective pest management. You never want to accidentally mix chemicals due to safety reasons as well as possibly affecting the chemical you are trying to spray. Cleaning your sprayer correctly and regularly will keep it in good working condition and reduce how often you need to purchase replacement parts.  It can be tricky getting all of the residue out of the tank, hose, wand and/or nozzle; so here’s what you should do:

We recommend using a cleaning solution to help with the process, especially if you’re using different chemicals in the sprayer. With most cleaners, you’ll want to fill the sprayer halfway with water. Once filled halfway, shake or agitate it well. Then, take the cleaning agent and add it to the tank according to the product label. Each product will have different mixing ratios, so make sure to thoroughly read the label of the product you’ve chosen. 

Put the lid back on the tank and agitate the tank with the cleaner and water inside, so that it mixes together. Agitate for about 45 to 60 seconds. After mixing, pump up the sprayer so that it becomes pressurized. Now spray out the entire contents of the tank. This will clean out the pesticide in the tank, hose, and wand. Once the tank is empty you should triple rinse the tank by filling it back up with water only and spraying it out completely three times in a row. 

We recommend doing this after every application. 

TIP: Leave the top askew when you are done cleaning your sprayer. This will let the sprayer dry between uses and help reduce the chance that standing water will damage your sprayer gaskets. 

Only use bleach or chlorine-based products in sprayers specifically labeled for these chemicals. Otherwise, they can break down the components of most sprayers not specifically labeled for them.

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