Keeping Your Quartz Banger Clean
Using a quartz banger is just a portion of the agenda. So too must you keep it clean, and we want to tell you how.
The excitement of using a brand-spankin'-new quartz banger is real. The shiniest accompaniment to your dabbing setup is clean as a whistle, with a bright future ahead of it. You promise to love and take care of it for all of its days (and do your best not to drop it on the hardwood floor).
But there comes a time in every quartz banger's life when things get a little rough around the edges. Over time, dab residue builds up and leaves your nail much stickier than when you bought it. Of course, it's up to you to keep it clean, and we want to share just how to do so.
What Exactly Is a Quartz Banger?
While it may have a fancy name, a quartz banger is actually quite a simple piece of the dabbing puzzle. At its core, it's a dab nail that's crafted from real quartz crystal.
There are a number of benefits that accompany the use of quartz while dabbing. For one, quartz harbors the ability to release valuable terpenes in cannabis, bringing them to the forefront while dabbing. Moreover, quartz's nonexistent flavor allows you to focus on the essence of the wax rather than any unsavory metallic aftertaste.
Though small, a dab nail holds a lot of responsibility. In fact, the nail is the one that's in charge of heating up the wax or concentrate, which allows it to translate into a vaporous state. By choosing a quartz banger for your dab endeavors, you're making a conscious choice to bring your hits up a notch.
Why Is It So Important to Clean?
Cleaning your quartz banger, as well as the rest of your rig, is crucial. When your nail is dirty, or teeming with buildup, your hits cease to be clean and flavorful. They begin to reflect the grime in a multitude of ways, and it's really just not something you want to be inhaling.
For reasons of health, you'll definitely want to keep your banger spick and span (and it may help your mental wellbeing by maintaining a level or orderliness, too).
How to Clean Your Quartz Banger
Whether you're a daily cleaner or a once-in-a-blue-moon scrubber, there's hope for your quartz banger.
- If you have a super dirty dab nail that's beginning to turn black, it's time to break out the isopropyl alcohol. Soak the entire nail in alcohol, with just a touch of coarse salt to help break down buildup. You can do this in a glass container or Ziploc bag, and leave it overnight. The next morning, rinse the nail with warm water before scraping the residue off. Then, heat it up just enough and wipe it with a cotton swab that's been soaked in alcohol. Repeat the process until all the grime is gone!
- If your quartz banger is just a little grimy, the cleaning process is much simpler. Less than a minute after your hit, wipe the residue with an alcohol-soaked cotton swab. You can remove any alcohol remnants with a dry cotton swab. If you do this after every dab, your nail will be looking clean in a jiffy.
- Another method of cleaning has to do with shocking the banger. To do this, heat up the nail, then—by using an oven mitt and some sturdy pliers—submerge it in a bowl of ice water. After the shocking process, you can try scraping the residue until it gets out of dodge. You may have to repeat the process a few times for seriously neglected quartz bangers.
How Often Should You Clean Your Nail?
Doing chores after dabbing can be a bit...much. Nonetheless, by keeping up with light cleaning as you go along, you're saving yourself from a whole lot of trouble down the line.
Ideally, you'll want to touch up your quartz banger after each use. If you use your rig multiple times a day, stick with once a day so as not to overburden yourself. Keep in mind that this level of maintenance is quick and easy, and not a deep cleaning venture.
Of course, you may not always be up for even the slightest bit of maintenance, which is totally okay. If you notice your nail turning a yellow tint, it's time to do some cleaning. And if it's beginning to turn black? Well, you ought to scrub that thing before the next dab!
Don't Forget to Tidy Yourself Up, Too
Dabbing doesn't always go as planned. There are times when the route from wax holder to head isn't a seamless transition, and you get a little on your skin. Removing a dab from your hands isn't always simple, but there are a few tricks of the trade you can keep in mind to ease the burden.
- Use butter! While it may sound crazy, this method is rooted in science. Butter is a fatty substance, and cannabinoids just so happen to adhere to fat. Take a small amount of butter and rub it on the affected skin for 30 seconds or so. Then, wash your hands with soap and water (the last thing you want is leftover butter all over your hands). Voila!
- You can also use isopropyl alcohol to remove a small amount of residue from your skin. Just be careful not to overdo it, as you'll dry out the affected area.
Practice Safe Cleaning (and Dabbing) Techniques
We know, we know...you're an adult. Why should we have to tell you to stay safe while cleaning a simple dab nail? But we're here to look out for you!
Quartz bangers get really, really hot. In fact, they can easily reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, so you want to protect yourself in any way you can from burns and other interactions. Should you put cold water or alcohol atop a scorching nail, you can even burn yourself from the steam that comes off of the surface.
Do yourself a favor and break out the oven mitt during cleaning sessions. This will help protect the sensitive skin on your hands and wrists while you make your quartz look as good as new.
Make Cleaning a Part of the Dabbing Routine
Whether it's your quartz banger or another accompaniment to your dab rig, keeping the setup clean is an integral part of the process. In fact, it's what makes you a legitimate dabber who knows the game, so keep that in mind next time your gear starts to collect residue.
So long as you keep your quartz banger clean and tidy, your rig will have every reason to thank you. With just a little effort and some elbow grease, you can keep that nail as shiny as it was when you bought it.