Today, we want to teach you the best way to clean a grow tent. This is something many growers overlook, but it's really important.
There are a few different times you need to clean your grow tent, and many different ways to go about it.
But, its a bit more complicated than simply cleaning up dead plant matter off the floor and wiping down the canvas of your tent with a wet paper towel.
We’ll share our tips for cleaning and sanitizing your tent, but first, we should explain why you need to be doing this routinely.
Why You Should Clean Your Grow Tent Regularly
Routinely removing dead foliage that has fallen from your plants is one thing, but you need to be doing a deep cleaning of your grow tent at least once every grow cycle.
This is an absolute must to prevent any buildup of bacteria, pathogens, etc. If you don’t clean your grow tent, the new plants you bring in the next growing cycle will be more susceptible to developing issues such as powdery mildew.
You also run the risk of leaving behind hidden insects and their eggs if you don’t clean up. So, you need to clean your grow tent at least once a grow cycle to prevent common grow room pests and diseases.
If you encounter any pests or diseases during your grow, you need to thoroughly disinfect your grow room once you’ve taken out the infected plants.
This means disposing of old grow media, removing any foliage, and then using a product to kill any remaining pathogens.
The Best Way To Clean Your Grow Tent
Now that you have a better understanding of why you should clean your grow tent, you may be wondering how to go about it.
You are also probably starting to realize its a more involved process than you originally thought.
To really clean your tent, you need to clean every component. This includes:
Clean The Interior Canvas Of Your Tent With A Disinfectant
Start by taking everything out of your tent so you have easy access to the canvas itself. There are specific products you can use to do this.
Plain water works great for getting dirt and grime off the walls, but it won’t kill bacteria or pathogens - which is the whole reason we’re worried about cleaning in the first place!
If you have some handy, even simple 3% hydrogen peroxide and bleach will get the job done. If you want the highest chance of success, here are some excellent grow room cleaners:
- BioSafe GreenClean Alkaline Cleaner - For use on greenhouse structures, walkways, glass, floors, and more.
- BioSafe SaniDate 5.0 - A versatile cleaner, sanitizer, and broad-spectrum disinfectant for hard, non-porous surfaces
- BioSafe GreenClean Acid Cleaner - For use on stainless steel equipment, irrigation lines, greenhouse surfaces, conveyors, vats, and piping systems.
Cleaning Your Intake Vents & Filters
Its also imperative that you clean your intakes, as these likely accumulate pathogens and gunk at a more rapid rate, since this is where most of your air enters.
If you don’t clean these, you are just providing a perfect breeding ground for pests and pathogens right at the entrance of your tent.
You can clean the vents by using a vacuum and spraying a grow room cleaner and wiping thoroughly.
Some growers clean their intake filters, but with how cheap replacements are, you are better off just grabbing a new one every so often.
Your filter works hard to keep spores, dust, and impurities from entering your tent. Over time, it will get clogged and stop working effectively. It can lead to your intake fan sucking in all the gunk that originally clogged your filter.
Clean Your Garden Pots, Saucers, Hydroponic Systems
This is one of the most important steps of cleaning your grow tent. Depending on how you grow, there are all kinds of salt buildups and deposits in your garden pots, saucers, or hydroponic reservoirs and lines.
This is the result of feeding nutrients. If you don’t clean this buildup, it will lead to the colonization of bacteria, pathogens, etc.
If you grew with standard pots and saucers, its really easy. Just take them outside and scrub them really good with a disinfectant and leave them in the sun to dry.
If you use fabric pots, you can do the same thing, or put them in the washing machine!
Cleaning a hydroponic system will be a bit more involved.
You’ll need to leave your system setup, and run pure water through it a few times to get some of the gunk out, and then run a disinfectant such as BioSafe GreenClean Acid Cleaner through to purge the lines.
We have an entire article on how to clean your hydroponics system if you're interested in learning more!
Final Thoughts On The Best Way To Clean A Grow Tent
Now that you know the best way to clean your grow tent, you can take steps to prevent most common issues growers face with mold, mildew, pests, and pathogens.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so keep your grow tent clean and you’ll stand a better chance of avoiding things like PM.
Its a good idea to keep some grow room cleaner on deck in case you do encounter problems throughout a grow cycle, so you can quickly disinfect your tent and get back to growing in a clean environment quickly.
Here at Hydrobuilder, we carry the top grow room cleaners & disinfectants at the best prices available, with world class service.