Here is a guide to the most sensible hookah cleaning
and hookah care practices. We recommend a basic cleaning after each
session (not after each hookah bowl, but after each day or night
of smoking). Along with the basic cleaning, we recommend a more
thorough cleaning once per month.
Stem: Run hot water through the metal stem, wet
the stem brush and push it into one end of the hookah stem. Move
the brush back and forth working 6-10 inches of the pipe at a time
until the full length of the pipe is done. If the pipe is longer
than the brush, you can insert the brush at the other end and clean
the rest of the pipe. Run more hot water through the pipe again
and repeat with the brush.
Wash your vase with hot water and a vase brush if available. Try
to avoid letting the hookah sit around with water sitting still
in the vase. The water vapor may cause mold, which typically builds
up around the water lines. After washing your vase, let it dry.
Hose: Most hookah hoses are not washable. Do not
run water through your hose as there is a metal coil inside the
hose and it will begin to corrode or rust. Simply hang your hoses
in a cool dry area to provide you with the longest possible life
span. If your hose was advertised as a "washable hose" which are
plastic lined or made with a plastic tubing construction, you should
do nothing more than rinse them out with hot water. Do not put washable
hoses in the dish or clothing washer. They will fall apart since
the exterior is not designed for those conditions. Only the plastic
interior of the hose is made to handle exposure to moisture. Remember
to always hang your hoses to dry.
Heads / Bowls: The clay and ceramic bowls should
be rinsed at the very least. The black staining is very difficult
to remove and you can scrub off the glaze after long term scoring.
Make sure to rinse or use small pipe brushes to clean out the neck
and holes of the hookah bowl.
During the thorough cleaning of your hookah, we suggest you use
an cleaning solution such as dish soap, lemon juice, Formula 420,
or vinegar to clean your stem, vase, and head. Some like to soak
the stem, vase, and head over night in a cleaning solution. Using
a cleaning solution will also help to prevent transient hookah tobacco
flavor residue, which is what causes all the hookah tobacco flavors
to start tasting the same. Letting your hookah dry overnight after
a thorough cleaning will also help to prevent the build up of flavor