Cleaning Tips for Hose


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      In many hose applications it is “Best Practice” to clean the hose after each use. This prevents the following:

      • Long term effects of potentially hazardous chemicals from damaging hose and couplings (even 316 stainless steel is effected over time by some common chemicals)
      • Contamination of product, should one hose be used to convey multiple products
      • Prevent accidental spillage and the potential for personal injury from chemical residue left in the inside of a hose

      This process is typically accomplished by flushing the interior of the hose with water or a cleaning solution. Cleaning procedures may differ by industry but should at least include the below recommendations:

      • All staff must wear personnel protective gear, i.e. eye protection, hard hat, gloves, protective clothing, etc.
      • Cleaning solutions should be able to dissolve or remove the residue material in the hose assembly and must be compatible with the hose tube and couplings
      • All material flushed along with the cleaning solution must be processed in accordance with EPA requirements
      • Extreme care must be taken when inserting cleaning devices into the inside of a hose, such as brushes, steam wands etc., hose tubes can be damaged during this process
      • The use of open end, low pressure steam (200°F or less) can be used for cleaning certain hose, contact Apache for cleaning instructions by hose specification at 1.800.553.5455
      • To ensure no cleaning chemical residue is left in the hose assembly, the hose can be hung vertical for a brief time to drain. It is common to hang hose to facilitate draining (hose with a convoluted tube surface may require this method)
      • Warm air (120°F) can be circulated through the hose for drying
      • Hose cleaning and the control of the waste water and solutions must be handled in accordance with EPA regulations
      • If hose is cleaned in a dip tank, do not exceed the temperature limits of the hose
      • Steam cleaning is not a preferred method of cleaning, only use steam when it is recommended for that specific type of hose
      • NEVER use superheated steam
      • The use of high pressure wands, piping or brushes can cause damage to the tube of a hose; extreme care must be exercised if these devices are used