Best Ways to Clean a Cannabis Grow Room in 2020
Whether you’re growing cannabis plants for medicinal, recreational, or both purposes, it’s important to keep your grow room clean. Not only are well tended grow rooms safer environments, but staying on top of cleaning helps to avoid potential problems. Many strategies exist to stay ahead of a dirty or contaminated grow room. Restricted access, appropriate PPE, HEPA air scrubbers and other techniques all contribute to a grow that allows you to reduce risk and increase yield. One more piece of the puzzle is an EFFECTIVE disinfection method.
Optimizing the environment for your plants will also optimize the environment growth of microbials- including bacteria, mold and powdery mildew. To prevent these problems, here are some best practices to ensure your grow room stays healthy, clean, and producing the best quality plants possible.
1. Daily Cleaning
Daily cleaning of a grow room takes little time but leads to an overall healthy atmosphere for the plants to grow in. Each day make sure any fallen leaves are picked up off the floor or from the containers. Any leaves that are showing signs of dying should be removed prior to them falling off. Do not store any extra soil in the grow room as this is another attraction for pests. The easier it is to walk down an aisle and make sure everything looks good, the better. Look to make sure there is no excess water on the floor, which can cause a fall hazard. Excess pooling of water should also be checked for in each container. If there are mats or other types of padding on the floor, be sure they are always dry. If they need to be washed or cleaned, remove them from the area before cleaning and allow them enough time to dry thoroughly before putting them back.
2. Spot Cleaning
As with any room, a grow room can have unhealthy areas that may have pests or other issues pop up. If this happens, remove the nearby plants and containers first, then clean up the mess. The more diligent a grower is about daily cleaning; the less likely spot cleaning will be necessary. If you need to use a chemical cleaner, be careful not to damage the rest of the crop. Make sure you understand what it is you are using as well as its efficacy on the type of microbial…just because it has a brand name doesn’t mean it will work for your specific issue.
3. Deep Cleaning After the Harvest
Once your plants are harvested it is vitally important to quickly clean and disinfect various aspects of the space. By doing so you reduce the down time in your production cycle. Every garden is different, whether it is a 30,000 square foot room or a small shipping container converted to grow, you need to evaluate aspects of the space to ensure the cleanest area possible. From the HVAC and the lights down to the table and the floor substrate, you need to ensure you are using the correct products, tools and protocols to ensure the highest level of efficacy for your cleaning and disinfecting.
Following these simple steps will help to protect your investment, your people and your customers.