Nectar collectors are one of the coolest ways to smoke dabs but every once in a while, like all other pieces, your nectar collector needs some good cleaning.
Nectar collectors can be tough to clean due to its intricate shapes and multiple parts. However, this article will show you the best way to do it so you can have a nice clean smoke session with your friends or by yourself.
Best Way to Clean a Nectar Collector
To put it simply, the best way to clean your nectar collector is with isopropyl alcohol and a salt-based cleaning substance.
Separate the parts of your rig into different bags (containing the solution) and let the pieces soak for around 30 minutes to one hour.
After that, you can rinse them off to see how clean they have become. Keep in mind that some dirtier pieces might need more time soaking, and also require pipe cleaners or Q-tips to be cleaned. Rinse everything and dry completely before assembling it to be used.
How Often Should I Clean My Nectar Collector?
If you want to keep your nectar collector free from mold spores and bacteria, you need to clean it at least every 3 months. If you’re using it more often, let’s say more than once a day, you need to clean it every month.
What Supplies Do I Need?
You need some items to get started:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Running Water
- Q-tips/pipe cleaners
- Plastic bags or containers
- Paper towels
Clean Your Nectar Collector
Take the Nectar Collector Apart
The first thing that you have to do is take apart your rig. You’ll know how dirty it really is. Keep the pieces separate so that it doesn’t get damaged during the cleaning process. You should note that cleaning a nectar collector nail can be slightly different than the rest of the parts.
Create the Cleaning Solution & Fill the Bags
Take the Isopropyl alcohol and fill the containers with it. Add the salt and mix lightly. For better results, you can take some salt and pour it in the holes and hard to reach places to loosen up some of the resin.
Let the Nectar Collector Soak for at Least 30 Minutes
If you don’t have the time to rub and scrub, you can just leave the nectar collector to soak for at least 30 minutes and it should be fine. If you want the best results, you can let it soak for longer and wipe the insides. You can make your piece look brand new if you let it soak overnight.
Rinse & Assess
After you have let it soak for a good amount of time, you can then clean it off by rinsing it with some room-temperature water. Rapid changes in temperature can cause glass and quartz to break or become brittle. You might need some q-tips or pipe cleaners to get rid of the excess resin. Soak it in the solution again and rinse one more time to make the scrubbing more efficient.
Use Pipe Cleaners to Get Tough Spots
As mentioned multiple times in this article, you can use pipe cleaners or q-tips to get those hard-to-reach places and remove any resin or contaminants still in your piece.
If you’re looking to have a completely cleaned piece, using these q-tips would be the best way to get it done. You should know, however, you don’t have to clean every inch of it to enjoy the benefits of a clean nectar collector.
Rinse with Water & Let Dry
Once you’re done soaking the piece, you can rinse the alcohol off with some warm water. This will help remove any remaining particulates and contaminants. You don’t want to inhale alcohol fumes as that will be very dangerous.
It’s crucial that you rinse thoroughly with water, and when you’re done, make sure you dry it immediately. Water can cause damage to the nectar collector if you smoke with it still in the chamber.
Put the Nectar Collector Back Together
All you have to do now is put this bad boy back together and get right back to smoking! Do a final check to see if everything is dry and clean. The results should be amazing and should lead you to having a great smoke session without any bad tastes. This is truly the best way to keep your nectar collector clean.
Like with all smoking devices, you need to keep it clean if you want to maintain its lifespan and have fresh hits. The process is simple and can be completed within an hour. You just need some household items and around 30 minutes to make sure you nectar collector looks brand new.