Cleaning Filter Socks

TCC

New member
My question came to mind after from Mihn's post about the filter sock group buy.

I'm curious how to clean the filter sock I currently have or if I need to buy new ones whenever they need changing. Do people soak them in bleach or is that a no-no?

Just curious if I can clean them or need to buy new.

thanks for any help.
 

Marc Daniels

Premium Member
I wouldn't soak them in bleach. I did read somewhere where a guy was washing his in the washing machine, and his wife out detergent i nwith them by mistake.

I just turn them inside/out and spray them clean with a jet nozzle on the hose. I have about 6 that I rotate, and this way I only clean them every other week or so.
 

thereefgeek

New member
In the W.M. inside out but don't let your wife (or husband) add detergent. Some people add a tiny bit of bleach and an extra rinse cycle. After a hang dry in the sun (if we ever get any around here again) the bleach goes away. Each felt sock does have a certain lifespan and they're cheap enough to ditch after 10 washes or so, but it depends on how dirty you let them get before you wash them.
 

Marc Daniels

Premium Member
"but it depends on how dirty you let them get before you wash them."

Rich, were talking your "filter" socks...right?
 

TCC

New member
Thanks for all the advise guys! I really appreciate it. Off to cleaning the tank (and filter socks) I go!
 

Reefugee

New member
Like Rich said, I usually turn my filter socks inside out and then run it through the washer twice. No bleach and no detergent. Then I air dry it.

Minh
 

Photon

Premium Member
I use the washer, also and add a very small amount of bleach. I usually rinse them three times and then air dry.
 

dots

Premium Member
I had been just washing them, rotate between three. But started to remember that degergents had a lot of phosphate and chemicals for sents that might leach back in. I read in another post guys throwing bleach only without detergent in to the wash cycle and air drying.

A couple of times now I have done just that and make sure to turn the gunk out, but for added measure stick them in the tub to rinse out any left overs and let air dry. They turn out REAL clean and have not seen any ill affects what so ever. I usually replace it right before a water chance to further decrease any contamination. But I am sure that any level that COULD be in there is small at best.
 

arson420

New member
I soak my filters in a bucket full of water and a couple splashes of bleach for a day. I then rinse out the bucket and wring out the filters and soak in tap water with water conditioner for another day. Tank seems fine.
 

BoomerD

New member
I always hosed mine out with a garden hose and nozzle, then into the washing machine with a light dose of bleach. Double rinse, then, if they still smell like chlorine, another rinse with a good dechlorinator. Hang outside in the sun to dry, and good to go. Gotta be careful however, because the nylon ones don't tolerate bleach very well...
 
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