Nectar collectors are easy-to-use devices that will have you sipping on your favorite wax, oil, or a daily dose of concentrate like it was juice in no time at all! The only thing we recommend when using these nifty contraptions is is to clean up after every session.
And if anyone out there has tried nectar collectors themselves, they know how fragile these things can be - so make sure not to drop them whilst cleaning!
How Often Should We Clean A Silicone Nectar Collector?
As the vapor carries compounds to your mouth, it builds up a layer of film and dirtiness. When that nectar collector has been left dirty for too long or if you have inhaled in areas with little airflow interference will make even less quality flavour from your preferred product
It should go without saying that this can be avoided by cleaning it regularly!
You should clean your nectar collector after each use to avoid build-up that accumulates over time. Waiting too long in between sessions will make it harder for you when trying to remove all of this dirt. At the very least, clean them every third or fourth use so that build-up does not accumulate and make the task more difficult in future sessions.
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What Are The Materials Needed To Clean A Silicone Nectar Collector?
An important step in cleaning your nectar collector is preparation. You don't want to start only to find out that you're missing supplies and won’t have time for another day of use! Get everything ready before starting, so there are no surprises later. You don't want a job that's halfway finished because of missing items!
These products are available in most stores, making the cleaning process very simple:
- Sea Salt
- Running room temperature water
- Isopropyl alcohol (concentration 91％ or higher is best)
- Pipe cleaners
- Plastic bags or containers with a lid to fit your collector
- Cotton-Buds / Q-Tips
- Paper towels
7 Steps To Clean a Silicone Nectar Collector
1. Take Apart the Nectar Collector Kit
The first step you take when cleaning your dab kit is carefully taking apart the pieces of your nectar collector. Separating these parts allows for a better visual inspection, and keeps them from being damaged as they are cleaned, which will lead to a more thorough cleaning process overall.
2. Cleaning Nectar Collector Nails
The type of cleaning you do for your nectar collector nail depends on the material it’s made out of. Ceramic/quartz composite tips can withstand almost all types of cleaning solutions, so long as they're cleaned carefully.
If titanium tips are being used, then most commercial cleaning fluids will break down this outer coating so they need special cleaners that don't damage this protective layer. You could also burn them clean with a few drops of lighter fluid - just make sure not to overdo it!
3. Fill The Container With Your Cleaning Solution
Take the Isopropyl alcohol and pour it into the containers or bag you are using for this task, add salt to mix both supplies nicely before continuing. It will help loosen up any resin that's stuck in hard-to-reach places, so you can get more done with less work!
Pour a bit of salt through any gaps in your rig where resin may be difficult to reach during clean up. Salt helps loosen accumulated gunk that builds up inside rigs over time so make sure not to miss any parts or joints.
4. Completely Soak The Nectar Collector
Soaking your silicone nectar collector dab kit for at least 30-60 minutes in the container does a good job of getting rid of stubborn build-in resin, leaving you with clean equipment. If time permits an overnight soak will leave everything as good or even better than new!
5. Rinse-Off and Detail Clean
Now that your equipment has been soaking in the solution, it's important to rinse and shake off all of the excess liquid. This way you can assess how well everything was cleaned and see if there are any leftover residue on these pieces! Make sure to use room temperature water as sudden glass fractures or breakages can occur.
Use the cotton buds / Q-tips to wipe off the excess resin that couldn’t be washed off by the rinsing and shaking. For the really tough and stubborn spots use the pipe cleaners to reach the really awkward cleaning positions.
6. Final Rinse-Off and Dry
Give your collector one more careful rinse with the room temperature water. Make sure to rinse it off for at least two minutes. The water will help remove any particulate that may be remaining on the rig and also gets rid of all alcohol smells!
Gently shake off excess water and let the collector dry throughout especially for the chamber as remaining water can affect the later added nectar.
7. Reassemble Your Nectar Collector
Carefully put the components of your nectar collector back together and admire how much better it looks and performs!
Final Advice for Nectar Collector Cleaning
Get It Done Right
As the old saying goes, if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well (or something like that!). Taking the time to clean your piece is important. It can make a significant difference to how long you can use the collector and to the quality of your enjoyment when using it.
Carefully and Gently
It’s a bit of an over-used cliche, but the truth is that there are some things in life you just can't keep together especially when it comes to cleaning fragile and fine glass items like your nectar collector. Carefully take it apart and separately clean each component when soaking and rinsing, since mixing glass items could lead to chips, cracks and shattered pieces.
Use a Cleaning Solution - Salt & Isopropyl Alcohol
If a branded cleaning solution for smoking products isn’t on-hand, then salt and isopropyl alcohol will work too. They are cheap and readily available.
It is important to keep your nectar collector clean, but the frequency of cleaning it will depend on usage. We hope this article helped find out how to clean a silicone nectar collector correctly!
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