TK Best Practices: Cleaning your unit
Cleanliness an essential aspect of making sure your cuttings successfully take root. Leaving your cloner uncleaned can lead to bacterial or fungal growth that can wipe out your clones faster than Obi-Wan on Naboo. This blog post is dedicated to making sure you have the information necessary to help keep your unit clean and your cuttings thriving.
Frequency of cleanings
We recommend that you clean your unit after every cloning cycle. Additionally, if you have had your TurboKlone stored for any amount of time, we recommend you give it a thorough cleaning before placing your cuttings into your system.
Cleaning your reservoir
To start, mix up a cleaning solution in a 5-gallon bucket. There are a number of plant-friendly cleaning products out there, but we find we get the best results with a 30:1 mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide. Your standard grocery store peroxide works great.
Start by taking the pump and manifold out of the reservoir and setting the lid and empty reservoir on a tarp. Make sure you also remove the stem collars from the lid. Once laid out on the tarp, use a sponge or brush to scrub the inside of the lid and reservoir with your cleaning solution. After thoroughly scrubbed, dump out any remaining solution and rinse with clean water.
Set your bucket of cleaning solution aside for the next step.
Cleaning your stem collars
We recommend that you replace your clone collars between each cycle and that if you do choose to reuse them, you don’t do so for more than a few cycles. This is because with repeated reuse of your collars, you run the risk of bacteria and other contaminants remaining inside the nooks and crannies of the collar and spreading into your new cycle. That said, we understand you may not want to purchase new collars for each cycle, so here is our recommendation on the best way to clean them.
That bucket of cleaning solution you saved... dump all of your collars into that bucket of solution and let them sit there for 8 hours. Once they are done soaking, remove them one by one and scrub out the inside of the collars with a pipe cleaner or bottle brush. When finished, lay them on your tarp and hose them down with clean water. Flip and repeat.
Cleaning your pump, manifold, and spray jets
The best way to clean out the inner components of your unit is to mix up another batch of cleaning solution and run it through your system after each cycle. Yes, the same mixture of 30:1 water and hydrogen peroxide you used to scrub out your lid and reservoir.
Here’s what you’re going to do. Fill your reservoir with water and then add your hydrogen peroxide. of 30:1 water and hydrogen peroxide the same way you would when you’re about to run a clone cycle. Plug in your pump and allow it to cycle the solution throughout the cloner for a minimum of 8 hours (Although we usually recommend running it for a full day). Once finished, empty the reservoir and drain the contents of the pump and manifold as thoroughly as possible.
Repeat this entire process with clean water and drain as before.
Now your TurboKlone is clean and ready for your next cycle!