If you have recently purchased a glass hookah, you are certainly aware by now that they do require a little bit of maintenance and elbow grease to keep them in top condition. Cleaning these hookahs can be challenging at times, however, because there are plenty of areas on these hookahs that are completely inaccessible to the human hand. So this begs the question: how do you actually clean a glass hookah?
Most people have success with regular, thorough rinsing after their smoke sessions. However, it's safe to say that not everyone is going to be completely diligent with their hookahs after every single smoke session. Sometimes you forget, and sometimes that leads to water stains and/or slight buildup in your hookah. In these trying times, it's important to know the best tips for cleaning your glass hookah. It is an investment, after all. Here are some simple steps you can take to clean your dirty glass hookah.
Step 1 - Empty & Rinse
For starters, give your hookah a thorough rinse down. Once you dump the old water from the hookah, fill it with clean water and shake the hookah, making sure that the water is rinsing out the inside of the hookah. Repeat this step as many times as you feel necessary. A lot of glass hookahs have smaller, fragile parts on them so it is very important to secure any small parts in place while you're rinsing the hookah. If one of those integral pieces flies off the hookah, it will almost certainly break and you'll have a new set of problems to deal with.
Step 2 - Use a Cleaning Solution
Once you rinse the hookah out, it is time to apply some type of a cleaning solution to assist in the hands-free removal of any interior buildup in the hookah. Coincidentally a cleaning solution called Bling! Hookah Cleaning Solution can be found right here at Hookah Company, and it is designed specifically for cleaning glass hookahs and hookah bases.
There are other options out there, if you're in a pinch or simply don't want to wait a couple business days for your cleaning solution to show up at your door. One good option is to simply use shower foam. You can spray a small amount on the inside of your hookah, and it will foam up to cover every angle of the inside of the base. You can rinse the solution out easily with warm water and it should help to break up any gunk in the hookah. Another option for a makeshift cleaning solution would be to combine Epsom salt with some warm water. Rinse and repeat for best results.
Lastly, and possibly the most effective method of re-sparkling your hookah, is to use OxiClean. Just be sure to select OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover, Free to avoid cleaning the hookah with any harmful chemicals. The Versatile Stain Remover is free of all perfumes, dyes and chlorine, assuring that you won't leave behind any residues or get any unwanted bubbly hookah water when you use your hookah again.
Face it, some of these glass hookahs are more difficult to reach areas than others, and some are outright impossible to reach, even with a hookah cleaning brush. With the OxiClean, you simply add a few drops into the hookah, fill it with warm water and let it soak for about an hour. Once you rinse the hookah out, it should be gleaming like new! If you go with this method, you can basically ignore step 4 of this cleaning process.
Step 3 - Let the Solution Do Its Magic
If you're using the Bling! Cleaning Solution, you'll want to let it sit for up to 5 minutes or so. This is a good opportunity to clean the other small pieces of the hookah while the rest of the hookah soaks. After 5 minutes, run some more water through the hookah and shake it well. Again, repeat this step until the solution is entirely rinsed out of the base.
Step 4 - Scrub-A-Dub Dub
This part may or may not be a little tricky. It is helpful to use a hookah cleaning brush to clean the interior of the hookah itself, which you'll almost definitely need to bend and manipulate the brush to be able to reach the elusive crevasses of the glass hookah. This may be the most time consuming part of the cleaning process if you're being extra thorough.
Step 5 - Rinse, Rinse, Rinse
Once you've scrubbed your hookah of as much buildup as possible, it is time to rinse it out again. This is because you should have a fair amount of loosened up gunk floating around and ain't nobody got time for that. Once you rinse the hookah out, yet again, examine the glass to see if there are any other problematic areas on the glass. If there are, go at them with the hookah brush! If not, you should be looking at a gorgeous like-new glass hookah!