The addition of tools to the construction industry over the last few decades has improved aspects of the profession such as productivity, workmanship, quality and speed. Machines like cement sprayers have made positive changes to the industry on construction sites of all sizes. However, as you may know, concrete isn’t the easiest material to clean up. So, how can you go about cleaning our cement sprayers effectively before and after use? We put together this simple guide to help you clean up your equipment in ways that get the best out of it every time.
- How To Clean Cement Sprayers Before Use
As with most construction equipment, there are things you can do to prepare for use. Many builders neglect this, but it only comes back to bite them in the end. Doing the necessary cleaning before you start spraying cement reduces the amount of cleaning you’ll have to do afterwards.
The first thing to do would be to coat the surface of the machine with a bonding-resistant release agent. Make sure the product you use complies with the laws in your state and doesn’t cause damage to the cement sprayer in any way. This makes it less likely for concrete to stick onto parts of the machine stubbornly.
The next step is to clean out any residual cement particles from the concrete pipeline. These may have been left over from previous use. You can use a grout mixture – comprising of water and lubricant or cement – to flush the pipeline and ensure a clean flow while spraying. Apply a bonding-resistant release agent on all surfaces.
- Cleaning Steps To Follow After Use
Once you’re done using your cement sprayer, the ideal thing to do is to clean it immediately. This will get rid of most of the leftover concrete on the machine. Not only will it look good, but it will work well for future projects too.
Step 1 – Empty the machine by conducting a reverse pump. Have a container under the machine to collect the residual cement for disposal.
Step 2 – Flush out the concrete pipeline with water and foam cleaners.
Step 3 – Use a high-pressure water hose to clean the additive pipe and clear out dried up additive particles.
Step 4 – Wash the outside surface with the a high-pressure hose. The cement will come off quickly because of the pre-use cleaning routine.
Step 5 – Leave it to dry, then pack away in a safe place.
See? It’s not so hard to keep your cement sprayers clean. All you have to do is commit to the routine. Contact Batchcrete International to learn more.