If you plan on dabbing regularly, it is important to have a clean and effective rig. You should do a full cleaning every 3 to 6 months.
This will prevent residue buildup and improve the flavor of your concentrates. Proper maintenance will also prolong the life of your rig.
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Empty the Water Chamber
Cleaning a dab rig regularly keeps the flavor of your dabs fresh and prevents the build-up of residue that can affect your hits. It also keeps your rig looking like new! Regular cleanings also help ensure your rig is free of bacteria and fungi. Stagnant water in your rig can be a breeding ground for nasty microorganisms, including fungus and molds.
To begin, empty your rig. It’s best to do this every time you’re going to use it so that you can keep the residue build-up to a minimum. If you’re a casual smoker, you can probably get away with a full cleaning every three to six months.
Once you’ve emptied your rig, fill it with warm water and swish it around to loosen any remaining residue. Then, pour the water out. If you have a reusable water container, refill it with fresh clean water.
Clean the Nail or Banger
A clean nail or banger is crucial to an enjoyable dabbing experience. If you don’t clean it properly, the residue from previous sessions can clog and interfere with the performance of your rig.
You’ll need a few supplies to perform a thorough cleaning. You’ll need a dabber tool, cotton swabs, rubbing isopropyl alcohol, and coarse salt. There are also special formulations designed specifically for cleaning bongs and rigs that have the salt already mixed in, which makes things even easier.
To start the cleaning process, place your banger nail or nail cup in a resealable bag with isopropyl alcohol and coarse salt. Seal the bag and shake vigorously. This process will help break down the sticky residue and dissolve any wax or reclaim that may be stuck. The alcohol will loosen the residue so it can be easily rubbed off with a q-tip. After scrubbing, rinse the pieces with warm water to neutralize the acetone and dry them completely.
Clean the Carb Cap
A clean carb cap is important for a quality dab experience. Residue from your concentrate can build up in the carb, which clogs openings and affects your inhalation. Keeping your carb cap clean can prevent this from happening, and cleaning it regularly is one of the easiest ways to improve your dab experience.
To clean your rig’s carb cap, use isopropyl alcohol and a cotton swab to get into hard-to-reach spots. Some people also like to add salt to their isopropyl solution, which acts as a natural abrasive and helps break down gunk more effectively.
Once you’ve removed any debris or residue from the carb cap, rinse it with water and allow it to dry completely before re-assembling your rig. Cleaning your rig regularly and performing a deep clean every few weeks or so will help you get the best results from each session. If you don’t keep your rig clean, your dabs will taste bad and you may be dealing with blocked openings and a sticky nail.
Clean the Parts
Over time, your rig will accumulate reburn or residue, which affects the flavor of your dabs and slows down your rig’s efficiency. Regular cleaning removes this residue and keeps your rig clean.
In between deep cleaning sessions, you can rinse your rig with warm water to prevent the buildup from becoming too stubborn. Rinsing also helps remove toxins that can cause lung damage if inhaled.
Another effective way to clean your dab rig is to soak the components in vinegar. Fill a sink or bucket with enough warm water to cover your rig and add enough white vinegar to make a solution that’s one part vinegar and four parts water. Put the pieces in this solution and let them soak for 30 minutes.
For smaller pieces, like the banger nail, you can also place them in a Ziplock bag with a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and coarse salt and shake it. The alcohol and salt act as a gentle abrasive to remove residues.