May 7, 2024

A Simple Guide on How to Clean Your Lawn & Garden Sprayer

A Simple Guide on How to Clean Your Lawn & Garden Sprayer

While hurrying to get your chores done so that you can enjoy more time on the weekend, it's easy to overlook proper care and cleaning of your lawn and garden sprayer. A clogged sprayer only defeats the purpose of having one in the first place. Cleaning a sprayer can sound rather tedious, but our step-by-step guide makes the task a digestible one. In this post, we are going to show you how to clean your lawn and garden sprayer and give it the TLC it needs.

How frequently do you clean your battery-powered garden sprayer at home? If it’s after every use, keep it up!

If not, then we recommend that you do. Why? Doing so helps prevent solution debris and other impurities from accumulating in the tank, hose, or nozzle, which can cause clogging and damage.

If you have a PetraTools’ backpack sprayer, cleaning it frequently and properly is key to helping it maintain its longevity.

Here’s the guide on how to clean your lawn and garden sprayers. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Make Sure to Empty the Sprayer of Your Solution

Is there solution left in your tank? Empty it all out! To avoid any waste, re-apply any remaining solution to the areas you are treating to prepare the sprayer for cleaning.


Step 2: Clean the Sprayer in an Area Away from Children and Pets

Children and pets are more sensitive to chemical exposure than adults, so you want to make sure you keep them away from where your cleaning site.

Allow the area to completely dry before letting anyone come near it.


Step 3: Wash the Sprayer with Water

After draining the garden or lawn solution, wash the inside of the tank with water.

Use a soft-bristle brush with a long handle and carefully rub the tank.

Once it is thoroughly rinsed out, flip the tank over to drain any excess.

Finally, spray/rinse the nozzle with water for at least one minute to wash it through to the end.


Step 4: Use Mild Soap to Completely Remove Solution Debris

Fill the tank with water again, this time adding a mild soap solution to it. Mix well until foamy.

Allow the mixture to sit in the tank for at least two hours to remove any solution left.

Step 5: Spray the Soap Solution Out

Before spraying the soap mixture out, stir it with a brush to prevent any leftover debris from sinking to the bottom of the tank.

Spray the mixture to the ground or any concrete walkway.


Step 6: Clean the Sprayer’s Attachments

Clean the sprayer nozzles, filters, and screens with soap and water.

This process ensures that the entire sprayer system is free of chemicals, not just the tank.


Step 7: Wash the Sprayer with Clean Water

The final step is to wash the attachments and the tank with water.

Make sure that they don’t have any soap left before leaving them to dry.

You might want to flip the tank over after washing to drain any water left that may still be inside.


Tips to Remember When Cleaning the Sprayer

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Achieving the best clean for your sprayer is your ultimate goal, and these helpful tips can help you achieve it:

Clean the sprayer right after using it to avoid the hardening of solution debris in the tank, hose, or nozzle.

Wear liquid-resistant gloves when washing the sprayer so your skin is safe from chemical contact.

Never use strong cleaners or harsh soap to wash your sprayer, as aggressive chemicals can cause damage to it. Products with mild ingredients are recommended.

Clean the sprayer in between usage within the day, so chemicals won’t get mixed.



In the end, taking the time to clean your sprayer properly should be considered an investment in its longevity. A clean sprayer can help you to achieve a beautiful lawn and garden. Best of all, proper cleaning will ensure that your sprayer lasts as long as you need it to. So, it's worth taking a few minutes every week to ensure that your sprayer is in tip-top shape.

If you want to upgrade your sprayer to a powerful, multifunctional, and long-lasting tool, visit the PetraTools website.

Choose from our awesome line of battery-powered sprayers. We have a sprayer that will fit your needs and change the way you care for your lawn