How often do I need to q-tip to keep my quartz banger clean?
Keeping a quartz banger clean can be frustrating if you are new to this and don’t quite know what to expect. Reclaim deposits build up quickly after the first dab and can be very persistent without knowing the cleaning techniques. Some dabbers stay very vigilant and q-tip their quartz immediately after dabbing every time. Some may skip a dab or two and live with a small amount of buildup. One common technique is to keep a few bangers around so that they can be rotated and soaked. Soaking can significantly loosen residue deposits and make cleaning much easier, but other times it makes little difference without heat. Some dabbers like to just “let it ride” and just do a heavier cleaning with high heat or ISO every couple of weeks.
Do I need to use isopropyl alcohol or just water to clean?
Usually you don’t really need ISO (just water and low temp heat) but it depends. If you just have light residue build up then just water and low temp heat works fine. All you need to do is add a few drops of water to the quartz banger and set the enail to around 300F. The consistency and quality of the concentrate will effect results. Dryer material or material with more wax tends to leave more residue behind compared to a more “soupy” dab. Since #terpsoup of course has a higher ratio of #terpenes, they tend to boil off quicker. Terpenes also don’t tend to leave as much residue behind as waxes and lipids.
Do I need to torch my nail red-hot or turn my e-nail past 1000F for cleaning?
I’ve found that low temps (around 250F-350F) work surprisingly well in 99% of situations. Sometimes you just have to bring out the big guns, though. Check out the video below where I show the technique of bringing the water to simmering and q-tipping for an easy quick clean.