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Recommended way to clean new equipment before installing?

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I've seen several mentions of needing to clean new equipment before installing it into a loop, to remove any foreign particles left over from manufacturing and to minimize chances of growth of microbes that could cause problems later.

  • What cleaning methods are currently recommended?
    Warm, soapy water? Boiling water?
  • Solvents like isopropyl alcohol, and acetone, are out for loops that include acrylic. Are there other critical no-no's like this that a newb needs to be aware of?
  • Can you use the same cleaning method for everything in the loop (blocks, fittings, tubing, reservoir, etc), or do different parts need different treatments?


(Is there a sticky on this that I missed? If so, sorry for repeating!)
post #2 of 5
1/2 water, 1/2 white vinegar for everything, then rinsed with distilled water. For the rad, fill it and let set a few minutes, then shake well, followed by distilled water twice, shaken too.
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Water vinegar method is pretty common. I don't think I would personally do that ratio, but I'm sure it would be fine. I would probably stick to 5:1. Also, make sure after you do the vinegar rinse that you do not smell any hint of vinegar when you fill it up the final time.
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Water vinegar method is pretty common. I don't think I would personally do that ratio, but I'm sure it would be fine. I would probably stick to 5:1. Also, make sure after you do the vinegar rinse that you do not smell any hint of vinegar when you fill it up the final time.

5:1 in what ratio? Pure vinegar can't really hurt a copper rad. The reason you flush with vinegar is because it is mildly acidic, it will help to dissolve any flux that remains inside the rad.
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Its just a personal thing. I usually add just a little bit of vinegar to help, but I also flush like crazy afterwards because I get paranoid and like to keep the water as neutral as possible once its all closed up.
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