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Old 11-21-2010, 06:53 PM   #1
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Default My solution to cleaning vinyl tubing

I have somewhat hard water, so I've always had issues keeping my hoses clean. They always get cloudy after a few cleanings. I had seen the idea of running fishing line through the hose, then pulling a wad though to wipe it down. I gave it a try, and felt like it was a pain because of the curve of the hose.

So it hit me, don't pull the wad, push it. I grabbed my bike pump, which had an attachment to pump things like pool toys. I let the hose sit in some oxyclean for a while, stuffed part of a paper towel in and blew it through with the pump. It works great! The lines look brand new and gives you a little piece of mind. I would recommend doing this in the bath tub though. It's a tad messy


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Old 11-22-2010, 02:08 AM   #2
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Cool idea, I will have to try that.


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Old 11-22-2010, 02:42 AM   #3
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Shove a foam earplug in and push/pump it through the lines.
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:10 PM   #4
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I'll have to give this a try. I just bought new tubing this weekend and I'd like to keep it nice and fresh.
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:33 PM   #5
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I have somewhat hard water, so I've always had issues keeping my hoses clean. They always get cloudy after a few cleanings. I had seen the idea of running fishing line through the hose, then pulling a wad though to wipe it down. I gave it a try, and felt like it was a pain because of the curve of the hose.

So it hit me, don't pull the wad, push it. I grabbed my bike pump, which had an attachment to pump things like pool toys. I let the hose sit in some oxyclean for a while, stuffed part of a paper towel in and blew it through with the pump. It works great! The lines look brand new and gives you a little piece of mind. I would recommend doing this in the bath tub though. It's a tad messy
Yep, "OxyClean Free" is a brewer's best friend. It takes everything out including Iodophor stains.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:00 PM   #6
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Yep, "OxyClean Free" is a brewer's best friend. It takes everything out including Iodophor stains.

Yea, the little wad came out brown when I was done. Pretty gross, and I'm always sure to rinse/wash them right when I finnish.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:05 PM   #7
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Shove a new foam earplug in and push/pump it through the lines.
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There, fixed that for ya. Unless earwax makes a great lube.
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Ha! I'll have to try it with my compressor. I have a piece of 22 gauge solid strain wire that I use to snake out hoses and canes but shooting the swab out with compressed air sounds a lot more fun.
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:29 PM   #9
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Great idea, im always trying to figure out ways to cleanthe tubing, and it seems like i have to buy new tubing every 3-4 brews, but now i will try this!
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FWIW, I use a wad of paper towel and a broomstick. It takes a little effort, but it cleans a lot better than just soaking !



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