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Garden Pressure Sprayer Cleaning Tips


Having a garden pressure sprayer is essential to any gardener, landscaper or homeowner for keeping up with lawn maintenance. Garden Tools  allow the even distribution of garden chemicals such as weed killers and pesticides. The directions for many of these chemicals will instruct the user to utilize a garden sprayer to ensure precise application.

Garden pressure sprayers generally include a reservoir tank, hose, valve, wand, pump and spray nozzle. Cleaning garden sprayers will allow the tool to be used for several years. Regular garden sprayer cleaning will also keep plants and flowers healthier by not exposing them to chemical residue or dangerous chemical mixtures. So clean a garden sprayer after every chemical application. Want to know how to clean them? Well, keep reading the article, and you will learn the skills.

Check the label of the weed killer or pesticide that was recently used. Depending on the chemical, there may be specific instructions for how to clean the sprayer before or after use. If there are instructions on the container, follow what the label directs for cleaning.

Empty any liquid remaining in the sprayer and the reservoir from the last application. Be sure to dispose of the chemicals safely, and do not empty the chemicals onto grass, or near any flowers or plants. Flush the garden sprayer with hot water to eliminate any remaining residue. And rinse the garden sprayer reservoir thoroughly with hot water.

Fill the reservoir about halfway with hot water. Squirt the hot water through the garden sprayer until all the water in the reservoir has been used. Spray the water in a safe location, away from grass, flowers or plants.

Once the rinse is complete, add an ammonia based cleaning solution to the reservoir tank. The cleaning solution should contain 1 oz (28 g) of ammonia per gallon (128 oz) of water. Spray the cleaning solution through the garden sprayer at least 10 times.

Then, leave the garden sprayer to rest for 6 hours. Keep the remaining cleaning solution in the reservoir. After 6 hours, spray the solution through the garden sprayer 10 more times. Safely empty the cleaning solution from the reservoir.

Flush the garden sprayer again with hot water. Fill the reservoir about halfway with water, and spray it 20 times to rinse. Empty the remaining water in the reservoir. Repeat the rinsing and cleaning process with the garden sprayer 2 more times.

Well, in addition to keeping garden sprayers clean after every chemical application, you’d better take the entire mechanism apart once per year. Inspect and clean every part, and replace anything that is worn, corroded or broken.

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