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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Central Wisconsin

    Default Washing Orlon bags.

    Do you put the inside out for washing and then reverse them again after washing? Or does that constitute twisting and become harmful for the bag? I usually wash after every 5-10 gallon filtering.
    Also seam in or out when filtering. I washed my Orlon so much I lost track of my flips? lol
    1960 - 1970s 70 taps on galvanized buckets with Dad and Grandpa.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Albion PA


    LOL, I always had the seam out away from the sugarsand. I flipped them inside out all the time too. Used as much pressure from spray hose as possible with very hot water. Gentle squezze when done to remove most of the water.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Fayston, Vt


    I have a wool and orlon and I rinse outside first, then put inside out and use kitchen sprayer to remove most off before spraying from inside out. I wear cloth lined vynal gloves from a farm store to spray inside out. Once the bottom get cleaned and warm, the bottom will then push out. You now can get it cleaned good. After niter filtering I get a large pot of water or permeate to a boil and soak it for a few minutes to soften niter and It is removed. Now it looks almost new.
    I turn inside out, I let them drain bottom up and most of the water will drain quickly. Over night it will dry.
    I just only filter 1 1/2 gallon at a time because any more is too heavy for me to pour into my filter, I can get a second batch though before cleaning or set orlon filter.
    Last edited by to100; 04-10-2019 at 09:22 AM.
    2020 same
    2019 RB10 26 taps
    2018 RO Bucket RB5 taps 20, leg tank in shed w/2 5/16
    2017 18 taps
    2016 20 taps
    2015 21 taps
    2014 30 2 gravity line, 2 hotel pan concrete arch 35 g leg tank
    2013 LP hook up in shack buckets 12 taps
    2 burner cook top 2012 finisher on a bbq tanks
    2011 rookie 2+ gal
    8 taps w/ milk jugs
    turkey cooker
    50-60 up back maybe

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Frankford, Ontario


    I rinse them off inside and out with the kitchen sprayer, then lay them in the bottom of the sink and cover with an inch of water, and swish / agitate by hand. Lift them to let the water run out and drain the sink. Rinse again, plug the sink and repeat the whole process about 8x until the water in the sink stays clear. I stand bottom up for a bit to get most of the water out, then (carry them dripping all over the floor over to the laundry room and) hang them above our laundry tub to drip and dry.
    I never bother to turn them inside out. The soaking seems to get the nitre out of the insides just as well
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