How often should you clean your glass? Does clean glass really make a difference for smoking? Why does it matter? Discover all this and more about the importance of clean glass.
Daily use = Daily cleaning
If you use a wet piece (bong, bubbler, etc.) once a day you should clean it once a day. Would you drink out of yesterday’s unwashed glass?
For everyone else, the healthiest way to smoke out of a bong is to clean it after each use and let it dry completely before storing.
Watch out for unwanted debris
I recently just washed a piece, only took 2 hits and left in for a glass of water. When I came back, I noticed a fly doing the backstroke in my bong. If he had not still been flopping I would have assumed that was a chunk of resin and smoked out of it for a day.
This happens to all of us even if you didn’t know. It’s better to just play it safe and clean your piece as often as possible.
Cleaning glass doesn’t have to suck anymore
We know – cleaning your pipe normally sucks. Over the counter solvents are costly, smell bad, and ruin anything else they touch. They are flammable, hazardous VOC’s and solvents. Isopropyl alcohol is cheaper but has all the same hazards.
The old way of cleaning glass was nasty and annoying. But Mile High Cleaner resolves the problems of cleaning glass.
How does MHC work? (Polar Attraction and Encapsulation)
The Basic Encapsulation Theory states that any 2 compounds that can mix, one will be dominant over the other and will change how the combination reacts with the environment. MHC changes the resin so that it is no longer sticky and is easily wiped or wash away.
Polar attraction; MHC is positively charged while Resin is negatively charged. They want to combine, just agitate with heat. The resin is immediately encapsulated changing it’s very nature so that is no longer sticky. Now it is ready to be wiped, rinsed or washed away depending on your needs.
MHC has no known reactants and is inert. This mean it will not react with anything including bleach, acids, bases, ammonia, solvents, and most chemicals. Don’t try that with ISO.
It also kills germs, bacteria and microbes by being a naturally inhospitable environment.
Clean vs dirty bong water
As most cannabis consumers know, smoking out of a dirty bong or water pipe can really put a damper on your smoking experience. Dirty bongs are harsh, foul-tasting, smelly, and might even put you at greater risk of developing a lung infection. What’s the best way to do it and how often should you clean your piece?
Not only does fresh water make your smoking experience tastier and more pleasant all around, but keeping fresh water in your bong helps stop the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms. If you let your bong go long enough without being cleaned, a slimy bio-film can develop.
For dry pieces, the longer you go the harder to clean, but if you clean weekly you can keep a fresh and functioning pipe.
Potential risks/problems with dirty glass
If you allow your glass to go uncleaned for too long, you might run into even more serious problems. If these problems go unaddressed, you might ruin your piece beyond repair.
What are Chemical Etchings? (and how to remove them)
Hard and/or chlorinated water can leave your piece dirty or cloudy looking, and cleaners with chemicals, solvents and salt can ETCH the glass.
Chemical Etchings are permanent damage cause by repeated exposure to Non PH Neutral Liquids (Either Acidic or Bases). These are seen in the form of chemical bong cleaners, including ISO & Salt.
Isopropyl (Rubbing) alcohol and most commercial bong cleaners will also etch metal plumbing and corrode your drain pipes.
Glass is harder and reacts in different ways. Alkalis react with the silica. Acids work on the alkali in the glass. This makes your piece cloudy, dull and the water does not roll off to a clean finish.
Unfortunately, once a chemical etching has started, the only way to reverse it is to polish the inside of the glass. In 99.9% of the cases, it is impossible to polish the inner portions of glass smoking accessories. This is due to the extreme intricacies of pipes & water pipes. Avoid solvents with abrasives. These chemicals could not only damage your glass, but they harm you and the environment. Simply look up the health effect of solvents and VOC’s and you will see why it is SO important to avoid these harsh cleaners.
What are Water Spots? (and how to remove them)
A Water spot is a mineral or compound deposit left behind on a surface from evaporated liquids. Minerals such as calcium, magnesium, metal cations, and/or compounds such as sulfates and bicarbonates can cause water spots. Often referred to as hard water.
- Small dots/circles or dried spots
- A cloudy film covers your piece
- Water will not cleanly sheet off
These symptoms generally get worse over time as more & more minerals collect on the glass.
These can be gently scrubbed away if you can get to them. Use distilled water for a cleaner, hit with no hard water. Water spots are only surface deposits on your glass. Using the CannaMags magnetic scrubber & our revolutionary Mile High Cleaner formula, water spots can be removed from your glasses surfaces both inside and out.
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