Here are the steps to follow to deep clean your Gardyn Home.
1. Remove the plants and yPods
- Turn off the back power switch and unplug your Gardyn.
- Remove any large plants that you want to keep.
- Place plants (still in their yPods) in the silicon sleeve or on a tray. It takes roots a few hours to dry out, so don't worry if any water spills out of the pods.
- Wipe down the outside of the pods for mature plants with
- a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water,
- OR a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.
Mixing hydrogen peroxide and vinegar can potentially be toxic, so it's best to choose one sterilizing agent and not combine them.
- Remember that it’s okay to dispose of any plants that have diseases or molds resistant to treatment. This happens sometimes as you grow! A deep clean is the perfect time to start new plants.
- Remove the remaining yPods from the columns and soak them in a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water to remove any biofilm. If the biofilm is a bit stubborn and doesn't immediately come off the yPod, use a baby bottle brush to remove the loosened biofilm residue. Then, place in the dishwasher.
Your Gardyn columns should now be empty.
2. Disassemble the columns
- Remove the screws from the top backside of each column. Store the screws and crossbar in a safe place.
- Twist the top caps counterclockwise to loosen and remove. Place the top caps in the dishwasher alongside the pods.
- Twist the bottom column module counterclockwise to loosen the entire column from the base.
- Once detached, tilt the column back to expose the black tubing.
- Disconnect the tubing at the elbow piece to free the column completely. If you have trouble disconnecting the black tubing and it won't wiggle loose, try pouring hot water over the joint to soften the tubing.
- One by one, twist each column module counterclockwise to loosen and allow the column to be flexible. The modules should all be strung together by the black tube.
3. Wash the yPods, Irrigation Hoses, and Columns
- Place each column along with the irrigation hose in the 50/50 water/white vinegar solution just as you did in step 4 with the yPods.
- You can use a bottle brush to clean and sterilize.
- Columns can be spiralized to easily fit and are dishwasher safe. Use a normal wash setting with the same detergent you typically use in your dishwasher. Be cautious not to place these items too close to the heating element or at a high temperature cycle or they can be damaged.
- If some residual biofilm remains after cleaning the system, that’s okay!
This is perfectly normal, so please don't drive yourself crazy trying to get every nook and cranny spotless! The dishwasher or bathtub cleaning will sterilize the columns, and that's the most important thing. If you choose to clean further, use a small baby bottle brush or waterpik, both which work well to reach tight spaces.
4. Clean the tank and surface under the lid
- While the dishwasher is running, clean the tank and refresh with new water and plant food according to the guidelines. Having fresh water and a new balance of nutrients is one of the best ways to show your plants you love them!
- Use the 50/50 water and white vinegar mix to wipe off the white plastic underneath the lid as well as the funnels. Leave the funnels attached to the lid, there is no need to disassemble them.
- Gently wipe off with water only the black part, which is the water level sensor of your Gardyn.
5. Re-assemble your Gardyn
- When the dishwashing cycle is complete, reattach the black tubing to the elbows and the columns to the lid. Make sure the column modules are aligned correctly and that the black tubing is straight and not twisted or looped!
- Replace the top caps, crossbar, and screws. Replace the yPods and the plants from the tray, and cover any holes with the pod caps and/or tinfoil.
6. Wait for the system to reboot (it can take 15-20mn):
- Plug the system back in, turn on the power switch (located on the back of your Gardyn) and give the system a few minutes to reboot.
- Don’t panic if the Gardyn doesn’t turn on within seconds. The Gardyn can take a few minutes to “wake up” after it has been turned off and on again. The Gardyn will remember its stored WiFi credentials and automatically reconnect once it has time to fully reboot after about 15-20 minutes. Resist the temptation to touch the silver button, as long pressing it will disconnect your Gardyn and erase your stored WiFi credentials. Grab a snack, relax, and check on your Gardyn via the app home screen.
- The lights will come on at the next scheduled time, but you can tap the Light tile to get your Gardyn glowing again!
- You can test the watering feature by manually activating the pump. You can do this by pressing the water tile in the App to ensure all tubing is properly attached and the water is flowing properly.
Once you’ve cleaned your Gardyn the first time, the cleaning process becomes simple and easy to do. Cleaning your Gardyn every six months or so keeps it in good working order, for happy and healthy plants!
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