Nectar collectors are some of the coolest ways to smoke dabs that I can think of. Every once in a while though, your nectar collector, like all other pieces, needs a good cleaning.
Because of the intricate shape, multiple parts, and small size, cleaning a nectar collector can be tough if you do not know the best way to do it.
At HelpingPot, we strive to produce the best and most helpful educational content for our Stoner Community. So, we created this guide to teach you the best way to clean a nectar collector.
In this guide, you will learn:
Let’s get started!
What is the Best Way to Clean a Nectar Collector?
The best way to clean a nectar collector is to use an Isopropyl alcohol and salt-based cleaning solution. Place each separate piece of your portable rig into a bag or container with the solution and let them soak for at least 30-60 minutes. Then rinse it them off and see how clean they are. Dirtier pieces may need more time to soak, and may also require tools like pipe cleaners and Q-tips to clean. Be sure to rinse off and dry completely before using it again after cleaning.
How Often Should I Clean My Nectar Collector?
You should strive to clean your nectar collector and all your other pieces at least every 3-6 months in order to keep them free of bacteria and mold spores. This will also help your pieces last longer as well.
What Supplies Will You Need?
In order to get started, you will need:
- Isopropyl alcohol (91% or higher for best results)
- Running water
- Plastic bags or containters
- Pipe cleaners
- Paper towels
- Gloves (optional)
How to Clean Your Nectar Collector in 7 Steps
There are 7 easy steps you should follow to clean your nectar collector properly:
1. Take Your Nectar Collector Apart
The first thing you will want to do is take apart your piece. This will help you assess how dirty it real is and keep all of the pieces separate, preventing against damage in the cleaning process. One thing that is important to note is that cleaning your nectar collector nail is a bit different than the rest of the process. Read the instructions below this section for more information.
2. Create Your Cleaning Solution & Fill the Bags
Take your Isopropyl alcohol and fill the bags or containers with it. Then, add your salt and mix lightly in order to mix them a bit. For the best results, you should take a bit of the salt and pour it through the holes and in the hard to reach places on your piece in order to loosen up some of that caked in resin.
3. Let Your Nectar Collector Soak for at Least 30-60 Minutes
Technically, you can get by with only soaking in this solution and similar ones, but to get the best results, we have found that 30-60 minutes is the sweet spot. If you soak overnight, that is even better. Personally, I have never encountered a piece that could not be made to look brand new from soaking overnight, though I know some grandfather pieces exist out there that have years of resin build in.
4. Rinse it Off & Assess How Clean it is
Once you have let it sit, clean off your nectar collector by rinsing it in room temperature water. Rapid temperature changes can cause quartz and glass to fracture, break, or become brittle. Sometimes, you may need to use q-tips and pipe cleaners to clean excess resin off. If so, rinse it in water or soak it in the solution again while scrubbing for the best results.
5. Use Your Pipe Cleaners to Get the Tough Spots
Gently use your pipe cleaners and q-tips to remove any excess resin and particulate still on your piece. If you are very particular and want a complete clean, this is how to get precision. However, you do not have to get every inch of your nectar collector clean in order to enjoy the benefits of the cleaning process.
6. Rinse with Water for 2 Minutes & Let Dry
Make sure that once you are completely done soaking your piece that you rinse it out with water for a few minutes. This will help to get rid of any remaining particulate, and will also ensure that all alcohol is washed off. Inhaling alcohol fumes is very dangerous, so it is very important you make sure that you rinse thoroughly with water. When you are done rinsing, make sure you let it dry, as water can cause damage to your nectar collector if you smoke with it in the chamber, and can also cause you harm.
7. Put Your Nectar Collector Back Together & Enjoy 😎
Now it’s time to put this Bad Larry back together and get to smoking! Make sure one last time that everything is dry and clean. You will be amazed at the results you get with this process. It is truly the best way to clean your nectar collector.
How to Clean Your Nectar Collector Nail
Cleaning your dab nail comes down to what type of nail it is. For titanium nails, you do not have a lot of options for cleaning solutions – as most of them break down the protective outer coating of titanium nails. Usually, these means you have to take up more natural means of cleaning, or you have to burn them clean. For quartz and ceramic nails, you can use cleaning solutions to easily get them as good as new. Cleaning your dab nail requires a guide all on its own. Read more here.
3 Nectar Collector Cleaning Tips
In order to get the most out of the cleaning process, you should use the following tips from the pros:
1. Take Your Time – Get the Job Done Right
Look – no one likes to clean their piece. But, if you are going to take the time to do it, you might as well make it worth it. Take the time to do it right and you will most likely not have to worry about it for another 6-12 months. While we do recommend you clean your pieces every 3-6 months, if you don’t use it often, a cleaning can last you much longer.
2. Don’t Try to Keep Everything Together – It’s a Disaster Waiting to Happen
Don’t try to be the hero that crams everything into one bag and make it work – it won’t. And even if it does, you’re lucky. Separating all separate pieces is the best way to prevent against chips, cracks, and broken pieces.
3. Use Salt & Isopropyl Alcohol – It is the Best Way to Clean Your Nectar Collector
There is a reason we wrote primarily about how to make and use this solution to clean nectar collectors – it works. And it works wonders for people who use it. While other methods work, this is the most effective one. There is no reason to try and reinvent the wheel. This solution is cheap to make and gets the job done every time.
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Wrapping it Up – Cleaning a Nectar Collector is Easy
Congratulations! You’re now an expert on how to clean your nectar collector and are ready to take the next steps to get your piece as good as new. So what are you waiting for? Get started!
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