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. Read below the video for the heated simple green method, which is a more rigorous deep clean that works best on any hard, persistent crusting. This takes more time but involves much less work than any manual scraping method.
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 to see a demo of bringing the water to simmering and q-tipping for an easy quick clean. For extremely burnt and caked black crust you can either use a torch or check out the simple green method at bottom supplied by 710coils.
Heated Simple Green Method (via 710Coils)
The FAQ at 710coils also has some good information about dabbing in general. Their cleaning suggestion includes a handy method which I find best for very dry, black, crusty, caked up residue on glass bangers and the bottom of certain carb cappers. I used to rely on a torch to clean thee items every few months or so, but now I just throw them in my cleaning jar and let them sit for a few hours. All you need is a mason jar or container that will fit your glass ($2 or free if recycled), a mug warmer (eBay: $5-$10), and a bottle of simple green ($2). ISO may work as well but could also be dangerous if not well ventilated. Simple Green is a organic cleaner that seems pretty safe to me (I can’t say for sure though). One thing is alcohol seems much easier to rinse off later — but Simple Green is cheaper and works super well for that black buildup. Again, hot water does the trick on SiC or even quartz most of the time — but if I can’t easily get it all sometimes I break this method out:
1- Gently arrange all glass in the jar.
2- Pour in Simple Green to the top of the glass.
3- Make sure to dry any spills and plug in your mug/candle warmer.
4-Let sit for at least a couple of hours up to around 6. Rinse and repeat as necessary. Q-tip in between or gently scrape as necessary to speed up the process. Rinse well, because the Simple Green smell tends to stick around on the piece even after one or two thorough rinses.