How to Clean Bellows on a Mallard - Step-by-Step Guide


Step-by-Step Guide: How to Clean Bellows on a Mallard

Materials Needed:

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Five-liter container or measuring utensil
  • Absorber hose
  • Bellows rod
  • Clamp

Note: It's recommended to perform this cleaning process after each case or at the end of the day.

1. Mix Vinegar and Water Solution:

  • Prepare a cleaning solution using white vinegar and water in a ratio of three parts water to one part vinegar. You'll need a total of five liters of this solution.

2. Prepare the Bellows:

  • Remove the hose at the elbow of the absorber to access the bellows for cleaning.

3. Pour the Solution and Agitate:

  • Pour the prepared vinegar and water solution into the hose opening.
  • Reattach the hose elbow.
  • Gently agitate the bellows by moving them up and down to distribute the solution inside. Be cautious not to be too aggressive to avoid damaging the bellows.
  • Agitate the bellows for about a minute or two.

4. Let It Soak:

  • Allow the bellows to soak in the solution for approximately 20 minutes. This soak time is essential for thorough cleaning.

5. Drain the Solution:

  • Remove the hose from the absorber elbow and allow the solution to drain into a suitable location.

6. Repeat Agitation and Draining:

  • Add another five liters of clean water to the bellows through the hose opening.
  • Agitate the bellows gently again for a minute or two.
  • Drain the water out by removing the hose from the elbow.

7. Secure Bellows for Drying:

  • Raise the bellows up.
  • Attach a clamp to the bellows rod to hold it in the raised position.
  • Slide the clamp over the rod and tighten it down to secure the bellows in the drying position.

8. Allow Drying Overnight:

  • Position the hose to allow proper drainage, preferably towards a drain or suitable location.
  • Leave the bellows in the drying position with the clamp attached overnight. This will allow the bellows to air out and completely dry.

9. Remove Clamp and Ready for Use:

  • In the morning, remove the clamp from the bellows rod.
  • Make sure the clamp is stored away and doesn't interfere with the equipment.
  • The bellows are now clean and ready for use.

10. Regular Maintenance:

  • It's important to repeat this cleaning process regularly, especially between cases and overnight, to ensure proper hygiene and functionality of the bellows.

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