Cleaning Your Nectar Collector: A Step By Step Guide
Nectar collectors are becoming a popular dabbing tool. They are much more convenient than the usual huge rig, and don’t require loads of extra equipment. This handy piece of cannabis paraphernalia is also favorable because it vaporizes the concentrate (oil or wax) instead of burning it.
You will not be able to feel the full benefits of your nectar collector if you fail to clean it often and thoroughly enough. At least once every few weeks depending on use, you will need to follow this guide to make sure your vaporizer stays in good condition and works effectively long-term.
What you’ll need to clean your nectar collector:
- Pipe cleaners
- Containers/plastic bags
- Isopropyl alcohol (91%+)
- Butane torch/lighter
Mix your cleaning solution
To get the best results, you will need isopropyl alcohol that is at least 91% or higher. Salt is also required at this stage, as well as whatever form of containers you’ve chosen to work with.
Mix the alcohol and salt together to create your cleaning solution and pour it into the bags or containers. Get salt in those tough to reach nooks and crannies (once it has been taken apart) to make sure you get the most thorough clean possible.
Dismantle your nectar collector
Although it may seem tedious, taking your nectar collector apart before cleaning it is incredibly helpful and will enhance your results. This step also prevents your rig from becoming damaged, and allows you to see where the most dirty problem areas are. You’ll know where to add some extra salt to loosen up the resin.
Soak all the parts
Now it’s time to put step one and two together. Put the pieces of your nectar collector (except for the nail) into the containers of cleaning solution and allow them to soak. The recommended soak time is around 30-60 minutes. However, if you want it coming out looking good as new with less scrubbing and scraping, you can leave it overnight.
Clean the nail
While you’re waiting for that to soak, you can move on to cleaning your nail. This process depends on the type of nail you have (titanium, quartz, ceramic). Titanium nails are quite touchy and will begin to breakdown if the alcohol cleaning solution is used. These nails need to be cleaned by heating it up with a lighter or torch and then scraping or wiping away the loosened resin.
Quartz and ceramic versions can be cleaned with solutions after being heated up and will not deteriorate in quality as a result – it will actually make them look good as new if you do it right!
Rinse it all off
Once your nectar collector has been soaking for a long time, rinse it with water that is no colder than room temperature. Cold water could actually cause serious damage to your rig, as the temperature change can result in it weakening, cracking, or breaking apart (with glass/quartz versions).
Scrub away the leftover resin
If the extra salt and soaking didn’t get rid of those stubborn bits of resin that won’t loosen, try getting your pipe cleaners and/or q-tips involved. Use these devices to get into the harder to reach spots and gently scrub away the residue. You may want to do this while the pieces are soaking again or under running water for a little extra help. Your rig doesn’t need to be spotless to use it, but the cleaner the better! You’ll love the difference a spotless rig makes.
Now you’ve got rid of the last of the nasty gunk that has been clogging up your nectar collector, it’s time to give it another rigorous rinse for a couple of minutes. This step is very important as you need to make sure all of the cleaning solution has completely washed away. Inhaling it accidentally can be extremely dangerous. It also ensures that you are rid of all of the resin that you’ve been scraping and scrubbing away at, leaving you with sparkling clean nectar collector pieces.
Reassemble and dab away!
Make sure not to leave any water in the pieces before reassembling. Using your nectar collector with liquid in the chamber can cause harm to both you and your rig. Once you’re sure it’s clean and good to go, put the pieces back together and enjoy!
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