It might not be Spring cleaning but it's time to clean that fire hose! If you want to get the best bang for your buck when using it you want to make sure that it's properly taken care of and part of that management is ensuring it's cleanliness. The better you maintain your and all equipment, the less likely you will be to need to replace it.
What You'll Need:
- Dirty hose
- Source of water
- A bucket with hot water
- Soft Scrub brush
Directions on cleaning your fire hose:
1. Make sure that it is stretched out completely. You don't want it crinkled up some place. Now that it is completely unrolled, use a garden hose to wet completely. If you're using as a replacement to your normal home garden hose, find an alternative hose or water source and make sure that your fire hose is completely wet.
2. Fill your bucket with soap and hot water! This is important because you will need to apply this hot soapy water with a sponge to all areas of the fire hose. Depending on your size uses it's very either to gather ash, soot, mood and items on the fire hose. Prepare for a good scrub.
3. Scrub, scrub and scrub again! Make sure not to use anything with hard bristles because you might damage the firehose but bring out a soft scrub brush for those areas that need special attention or may be difficult to clean.
4. Use your extra fire hose, Garden Hose or bucket of CLEAN water to rinse the fire hose completely. It is important to clean it properly with clean water because the soap residues constant presence may eventually cause wear on the fire hose. It's unlikely to cause too much damage, but why risk? Wash and clean it completely with clean water. Problem solved.
5. You are almost done! All you need to do now is dry ! Preferably you would be able to do this in the sun. After one side is dried, make sure to flip it over and dry the other side! If you don't have the time for a natural sun dry, then use clean micro-fabric cloths and dry dry dry your.