One of the most frequent questions we get asked is; “How often should I replace the water in my bubble tube?” We suggest the water is changed at the end of every term or 8 weeks. The easiest way to empty a bubble tube is by using a bubble tube emptying kit. The kit consists of two pieces, a hose and a pump. The pump can be a foot pump which you press repeatedly with your foot or a drill pump which fits onto the front of a battery powered drill. Put simply, you attach the hose to either side of the pump you have. Then put one end of the hose into the bubble tube and the other end into a sink or drain and start pumping. You can find Bubble Tube emptying kits with or without a foot pump on our website. Click this link for bubble tube emptying kits with a foot pump and click this link for bubble tube emptying kits without a foot pump.
You can slow down the build up of bacteria in a bubble tube by adding a biocide product to the water on a monthly basis. We suggest using a product called BCB. It’s a specially designed formula which is gentle on the acrylic tube and doesn’t scratch or cloud it. It is not advisable to use sterilising tablets, as this could damage the inside of the tube over time. You can find BCB Fluid for sale on our website by clicking on this link: bubble tube bcb fluid
Another favourite question we are asked is “How do I clean the mirrors in my sensory room?” The quick answer is CAREFULLY! Acrylic mirrors, whilst extremely safe as they are very difficult to break, are also hard to clean. They scratch easily so caution is advised when cleaning. Use a soft, clean cloth and a little elbow grease to start with. If you do need to use a detergent, try Windolene or similar. Try a small amount on part of the mirror which is not seen first.
Fibre optics can be mesmerising and extremely tactile. As such, they are handled a lot and will need cleaning regularly to ensure they are safe and free from bacteria. We suggest cleaning them weekly, however you may need to do this more often depending on the users. It’s also a good idea to have some antiseptic wipes nearby for quick cleaning when needed.
If you’re lucky enough to have a new sensory room, chances are there aren’t a lot of lamps to change as most new products are LED driven. However for those products that do need periodic lamp changes, here are a few tips:
1. Switch the unit off and leave the lamp to cool for at least 20 minutes.
2. Don’t touch the ‘bulb’ part of the lamp. Touching the bulb part transfers grease from your fingers onto the unit, thereby creating a hotspot. When the lamp is switched on it will heat this area quickly and the lamp is more likely to blow sooner.
3. When you are taking a cover off a product to change the lamp, make a note of its orientation. Some products have covers which must be replaced in the same direction to ensure a steady air flow over the lamp.
4. Whilst you’re changing the lamp, you may want to do a little maintenance. If the unit has a fan, give it a hoover. Cleaning the fan means that more air will pass through and over the lamp, therefore keeping it cooler and prolonging its life.
5. Carefully clean the lens. Use a soft cloth and carefully clean the lens if the unit has one. You will be amazed at the results!
We suggest cleaning your soft coverings every week at least. Use a clean cloth and a detergent such a Mr Muscle kitchen cleaner (try it in an unobtrusive area first) to ensure your soft play looks great and is tip top condition. Depending on the users, you may need to clean it more often, perhaps after every session. It’s a good idea to have some antiseptic wipes nearby as well for quick cleaning when needed.
Maintaining a well designed sensory room is easy. We suggest checking the following regularly, especially if the room has heavy use:
1. Check that no mains outlet cables can be seen. If they are visible, then they need to be placed into trunking.
2. Check that all wall mounted product are secure.
3. Check that all ceiling mounted products are secure.
4. Check the bubble tube brackets to ensure they are tight. (they may work loose if rocked back and forth repeatedly).
5. Check that there are no damaged products. If there are then they may need to be removed or replaced.(If this is the case then please visit the technical support section of our website to find out how to deal with this).
6. Ensure there are no sharp edges/corners in the room.
7. Ensure all products operate as they should.
Using rechargeable batteries is a great idea, but remember that they are run down quicker than a normal battery. This should never be a problem if you’re putting the batteries on charge every day. We have a wide selection of rechargeable batteries available for sale on our website. You can find them by clicking on this link: 9v rechargeable battery. Many schools, hospitals and clinics do not allow batteries to be charged overnight. If this is the case you will need two sets of rechargeable batteries, one for use in the product and the other to be charging during the day. Just swap them over at the beginning of every day. Please check your school's rules regarding this.
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