Your Guide to Cleaning a Quartz Nail

Luckily, cannabis is finally getting the attention and credit it deserves since numerous countries started legalization. Those of us who can freely enjoy this controversial herb can pick between more methods regarding consuming marijuana. 

The majority of weed lovers know rolling, and smoking a joint isn’t the only method for consuming marijuana. Besides the well-known cannabis-infused edibles, vaporizers and pipes are suitable for those who enjoy dabbing.

Dabbing refers to the vaporization of some form of concentrated marijuana (most likely hash, wax, or oil) by putting it on an extremely hot object termed as a nail and inhaling those produced vapours.

Now, we are sure some of you already know about dabbing and even tried it. However, it’s crucial to clean the quartz nail (also known as a banger, one of the defining dab rig components) regularly since it’s a vital tool mostly made to help you heat buds more efficiently than any other smoking method. 

One of the main reasons that make nails (banger) essential for the dabbing process is that your dab rig would be a water pipe without it.

Bangers are usually made out of several materials, including titanium, quartz, ceramic, and glass. Users assert that they prefer nails made out of quartz because of its durability, good high and low-temperature handling, and easier cleaning.

How to Clean Your Quartz Nail?

First of all, we must state that the appropriate cleaning technique solely depends on how regular your sessions are, meaning that the level of gunk formed from burning it up will define the right method.

What to Avoid?

Before explaining the process of cleaning your banger in the right way, we must mention what’s off-limits regarding the subject.

First and foremost, don’t even consider using bleach or any other acid-based sanitation products. Try using distilled water or isopropyl alcohol.

Second, don’t use any hard, rough, or abrasive materials since they can permanently corrupt your banger. On the contrary, use stuff like Q-Tips and cotton swabs.

Next, try to use low-temperature dabs and avoid overheating since high temperatures cause that black tarnish residue.

Regular Cleaning

Although this method sounds relatively simple, most users agree that the best way to clean your quartz nail would be every time after usage, especially if you want your banger to be good as new. Besides cleaning after every sesh, consider giving it a more thorough and deep clean a couple of times a week. 

Just make sure that you lean in the process right after the sesh since any residue that cools will be stuck there permanently, making it very hard to clean.

The Quartz Nail is Turning Black

If you forgot about regular cleaning, the chances are your banger is turning blackish. As mentioned before, this colour is terrible, but all is not lost as long as you follow the following steps.

  1. Put and soak your banger in 99% Isopropyl Alcohol and salt. It would be best to mix it up in a ziplock bag to get rid of that hard tar residue. Leave it overnight.
  2. Next, rinse it up with warm water.
  3. Use a dab tool to scrape off any leftovers.
  4. Since the toughest gunk has been removed, heat your banger, which will remove any tar left.
  5. Soak a Q-tip in alcohol and wipe the bowl.
  6. Use a dry Q-tip to wipe out the remaining alcohol.
  7. Repeat until your quartz nail is squeaky clean

The Quartz Nail is Yellow/Brown

If your banger is turning yellowish, things are not that bad, and all you need to do is follow a couple of the steps above (4-7).

Quartz gets dirty quickly, so try and clean your banger as often as possible.


  • Purchase a quality quartz nail since cheap ones tend to discolour fast and have a lower burning limit. Try to invest if you want a lasting banger.
  • Regular cleaning sessions go a long way.
  • Use only isopropyl alcohol and salt when cleaning-no acid or hard chemicals.
  • As long as you follow this simple guide cleaning your quartz nail should be a breeze.

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