How To Clean And Unclog A Dab Rig

January 08, 2019 Dab Rigs

Cleaning a dab rig is different compared to bongs and water pipes because of the reclaim. Here’s how you can clean and unclog your dab rig so that you enjoy clean, pure flavor of your concentrates.

Cleaning and unclogging your Dab rig

  1. Wear gloves and run the dab rig under hot running water to loosen oil concentrates.
  2. Turn off the tap and add in a generous amount of salt
  3. Shake and let the salt touch as many areas as it can.
  4. Add alcohol up to the standard waterline of your dab rig.
  5. Plug the openings of your dab rig using a cotton ball, paper towel, or dab caps.
  6. Shake vigorously, but not too much. Take in mind the percs in your dab rig. Don’t shake too much that you end up shattering your percs.
  7. Leave to soak for 5-10 minutes.

    comparison of dirty and clean dab rig.

    Right: used dab rig with concentrates and reclaim. Left: clean dab rig. (Image source: Kryptonite)

  8. Shake again and pour out the alcohol
  9. Rinse with hot water and repeat the salt-alcohol-shake process until you get out all the nasty stuff from your dab rig.
  10. Wash the dab rig thoroughly with hot water when you are satisfied.
  11. If the downtstem of your dab rig is clogged, an overnight soak will help loosen up the buildup. Place it inside a Ziploc bag and pour enough alcohol to cover the dab rig, especially the clogged part.
  12. Pour out the brown alcohol. Use the wooden end of the Q-tip to poke a hole through the clog. Be careful not to break it. You can use a small pipe cleaner, but you need to be careful not to break the glass.
  13. Pour salt and alcohol again through the blocked area.
  14. Repeat steps 1-10.

For silicone dab rigs:

Do not use alcohol or other strong chemicals. These break down the silicone material of your dab rig. The best way to clean your silicone dab rig is to use warm water and mild soap solution. Place it inside the freezer for 4-6 hours, then take it out. Roll to remove the frozen concentrates inside then tap them out on a piece of parchment paper. Wash thoroughly and let it dry.

Getting the reclaim

Different dabbers have different methods of getting reclaim. Some clean the dab rig with hot water first to get most of the gunk out. Next, is to fill up the rig with enough water and swirl it around to reach as much reclaim as you can. The reclaim will loosen up bit by bit. Empty the hot water into a large bowl and repeat the process until you get as much reclaim as you can.

You can try torching the dab rig to melt the reclaim, but there is a high risk of cracking the glass. It’s also vital that your dab rig is dry before you caress it with your torch. Invert your dab rig on top of a piece of parchment paper, and gently sweep your torch across the areas where the reclaim is stuck. Let the melted reclaim flow down on the parchment paper and let the dab rig cool down naturally before you clean it.

It’s easier to maintain a dab rig if you clean it after each use. Letting all that nasty water and gunk accumulate in your dab rig will significantly affect the quality of your hit. Make sure your dab rig is dry before you use it!

Have questions on how to maintain your dab rig? Do want to share your secret to keeping your dab rig in tip-top shape? Feel free to contact us or leave a comment!


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