We often hear people ask why they should wash their farm equipment if it is only going to get dirty again. Well, are you going to stop washing the sheets on your bed simply because they’ll get dirty again? I sincerely hope for everyone’s sake that the answer is no. Not only can having unclean sheets be gross, but it also causes bacteria to spread like crazy, especially after you’ve been sick. Your farm equipment is quite similar to your sheets in some respects. You want to keep it clean so that you stay healthy and so that others can be comfortable sitting down on them too. The same is true for both items.
One thing that you really need to remember about farm equipment is that it comes into contact with food that people will eat. This may seem inconsequential because there is a great deal of processing and cleaning that happens to the food before it makes it to anyone’s table, but it does start with you and your machines. Even just turning over the earth can have some impact with what will become food. I think we can all agree that most things taste better without dirt and such on them, and the food that you help to produce is no different.
The main reason that you need to wash your farm equipment often is because of the bacteria that can spread on its surface. Even if you believe that there is no animal waste anywhere on your farm (which I can guarantee you there probably is) you most likely use things like pesticides and fertilizer which have either solid waste or toxic chemicals in it. Now I don’t know about you, but I would feel better eating something that is not covered in all that stuff. Even if you wash your food off before you eat it, there is still a chance that something has stuck around if it was there when the food was first being processed.
Here at Neptune, we really want to remind you that washing things isn’t just to make them look pretty. There is a very practical reason why we want everything washed and most of it pertains to health. The last thing we need is an outbreak of some disease which could have been prevented by you owning one of our machines. Make sure that you keep it clean!