Fact: Nobody likes dabbing out of a dirty nail. Who wants resin clogging up your nail to the point where you can't even take a decent pull? In addition to poor airflow, carcinogens are most prevalent in wax resin. Even our renowned 99.4% pure titanium hardware can offer a horrible dab when left unkempt. That's why you clean your equipment.
Everybody cleans their hardware differently. Of course, some methods are better and healthier than others. But what's the best way? Check out the video below to find out!
Need more help? Read the steps below and you'll have your titanium looking brand new once more!
Of course, you'll need something to hold your tools while they soak. It's recommended that you don't use anything made of glass for this; one slip-up while you're cleaning, and you'll be picking shards of glass out of your nail for hours.
We instead recommend our Utensil Cleaning Jar due to its durable plastic construction so it won't break if dropped and its 16 oz storage capacity which gives plenty of space to work with. It's also great for cleaning smaller glass pieces like bowls, pipes, and chillums. If you're strapped for cash, however, any plastic container, or even a ziplock bag will do the trick although if your use a bag, be sure to watch it more closely to make sure the bag doesn't leak or open.
Next, you're going to want to fill the container with your cleaning product until all the titanium is submerged. We use the Formula 710 Advanced Cleaner because it strips tools of any leftover wax like nothing else in the market. Another plus is that Formula 710 is reusable, earth-friendly, and biodegradable, so you'll never feel bad pouring it down a drain. If you're looking for a cheaper solution, isopropyl with added salt is a great option. Note that isopropyl does take longer to clean your hardware, though.
Once you add your cleaning solution, let your hardware soak for a few hours. Depending on how dirty your tools are and what solution you're using to clean them, you may be able to skip this step.
To remove the resin, you're going to want to shake the container well. This allows the abrasive materials in the solution to rub against your tools and take off the leftover wax. For the best results, we recommend vigorously shaking the container for up to 10 minutes to remove all the excess material. After sufficient shaking, go ahead and pour out your solution. If you're using Formula 710, then you can pour the solution back into its bottle for future use.
If you feel like your titanium is already sufficiently clean, then feel free to skip this step. If you want to be thorough, this step is a must. While soaking your tools cleans most of the wax off them, there's usually still some left in the hard-to-reach parts of the hardware. While our cleaner brushes and titanium scraper and scooper are the best tools for this, you can also use Q-tips and/or alcohol pads.
Lastly, soak your titanium hardware in rubbing alcohol for as long as you see fit. This will deep clean your tools and sanitize them.
Afterwards, rinse with warm water to remove whatever product is leftover as well as residue from your cleaning products.
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