Originally Posted by YooperBrew
It is MUCH easier to do when you use hot water and the tubing then just slides right off.
+1, hot water makes tubing MUCH easier to manage. With that said, I never take the tubing off the racking cane when cleaning. It's such a tight fit I never see any wort/beer seeping in there, so I don't worry about it.
I'd say 'it couldn't hurt to disassemble and clean it each time', but I suppose that'd be a terrible pun given your recent catastrophe
But seriously, hope it heals up alright.