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How to clean percolator bongs

We have all experienced a little scenario like this…

You use your percolator bong regularly but tend to put off cleaning the actual piece. Weeks go by and as the black resin starts to build up, you tell yourself “its fine I will just take care of it next time”. As you continue to delay cleaning the once sparkling piece of glass that you treasured so dearly you open up your stash one day only to find a black, crusty monster of what your treasured glass used to look like.

It happens to the best of us, and if you are reading this you might have reached your breaking point and decided that your piece is past due for a clean up. However percolator bongs are a whole other animal than regular bongs. With the various chambers and detailed inner glass, cleaning pieces such as this takes some guidance. Fortunately this post tells you step by step how to clean a percolator bong in no time at all.

Materials

  1. 90 percent isopropyl alcohol
  2. Morton salt
  3. Water
  4. Cotton swabs or paper towels
  5. Pipe cleaners
  6. Plastic wrap and rubber bands
  7. Your dirty bong of course

How to clean your percolator bong step by step

Disassemble your bong and put aside the various removable parts such as down stems, bowls, or ash catchers. For percolator bongs, pour the isopropyl alcohol and pour it directly into the base of the bong through the down stem hole and then at the neck of the bong. Keep pouring rubbing alcohol down the neck of the bong until the rubbing alcohol has dripped down to fill all the percolators with liquid.

Let the rubbing alcohol sit for a few minutes. There is no real rule of thumb for how long you should let the isopropyl alcohol sit. However, it can help to soften up some of the resin build up this way.

Take your table salt and add a few spoonful through the base of the bong and the neck of the bong. You can use more spoonful’s or less depending on the size of the piece.

From here use the plastic wrap to close off all the openings of the bong. Fashion the plastic wrap around the neck and the downstem hole. Use rubber bands to securely tie the plastic wrap to the piece. Make sure that no air can escape and that the rubber bands are wrapped tightly.

Start to tip the bong upside down and then upright again. The goal is to repeat this process until you see that the salt has entered each and every percolator chamber of the bong.

Once you see that the salt has been distributed through out the body in each chamber, you may begin to shake the piece back and forth. The whole point is to try to soften and break off any caked resin that has built up on the piece over time.

Empty your bong once the resin has been all knocked off. You may choose to repeat this process a few times over in order to make sure that all the gunk is knocked off. Once you are satisfied, rinse the whole bong out with warm water to get rid of any salt or rubbing alcohol. You may need to do this a few times. You will notice right away if there is a trace of isopropyl alcohol because you will strongly taste the rubbing alcohol if you don’t.

To clean the additional parts

To clean additional parts such as downstems, bowls, or ashcatchers, a similar process follows. For the downstem for instance, first place the downstem in a plastic bag and then fill it halfway up with rubbing alcohol. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of salt as well. Close up the bag and shake it as vigorously as possible. Shake until all the pieces of gunk have been knocked off. If there is still resin built up in the downstem, take it out of the bag. Try to scrape it off by hand with either pipe cleaners or paper towels.

Percolator bongs are a whole other animal than regular bongs. With the various chambers and detailed inner glass, cleaning pieces such as this takes some guidance. Fortunately this post tells you step by step how to clean a percolator bong in no time at all. ]]>