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Smooth Smoke: How to Properly Clean Your Percolator Bong"

How to Properly Clean Your Percolator Bong"

How to clean you glass bong

Want to keep your bong in top condition so that it gives you the best experience every time?

Don't worry, we've got a thorough cleaning guide here that will teach you how to use common household materials to keep your hookah running efficiently and give you the best smoking experience possible.

Here is a comprehensive guide to cleaning hookahs using common household materials

How to Clean Percolator Bongs?

Tending to your percolator bong isn't merely a household task; it's a vital ritual for attaining a serene and effortless smoking journey.

Think of it as pampering your bong with a rejuvenating spa treatment, ensuring it hums along smoothly like a finely tuned engine.

So, let's embark on this enchanting cleaning quest with a guide that will transform your bong into a pristine, gleaming piece:

Materials Needed

Isopropyl Alcohol (91% or higher)

Essential for dissolving resin.

Coarse Salt or Rice

Acts as an abrasive to scrub the glass.

Pipe Cleaners

Useful for reaching tight spots.


R-  For detailed cleaning of small areas.

Resealable Plastic Bag or Container

To soak smaller parts.

Step Cleaning Process

1. Disassemble the Bong

Start by carefully taking apart your bong. Remove all detachable parts such as the bowl, downstem, and percolator. This makes cleaning each part easier and more effective.

2. Prepare the Main Chamber

Fill the main chamber of the bong partway with isopropyl alcohol. Add a few tablespoons of coarse salt or rice.

The salt or rice acts as a scrubbing agent that helps to remove stubborn resin from the glass surfaces.

3. Shake Vigorously

Seal the openings of the bong with your hands or fingers. Shake the bong vigorously to allow the alcohol and salt mixture to scrub away the residue inside.

Ensure the solution reaches all corners by shaking in different directions.

4. Soak for Enhanced Cleaning

Let the alcohol and salt mixture soak inside the bong for 30 minutes to an hour. Periodically shake the bong to help dislodge the resin. The alcohol will continue to break down the resin buildup during this time.

5. Scrub Hard-to-Reach Areas

Use pipe cleaners and Q-tips dipped in isopropyl alcohol to clean the inside of the bong’s harder-to-reach areas.

This includes intricate parts like the percolator, which can be particularly challenging to clean.

6. Clean the Percolator Separately

Place the percolator in a resealable plastic bag or container filled with isopropyl alcohol. Shake the bag or container to agitate the percolator and dislodge any gunk. Use pipe cleaners for stubborn spots if necessary.

7. Rinse Thoroughly

After cleaning, rinse all parts of the bong thoroughly with hot water. Ensure all residue is washed away and that the bong water bubbles cleanly.

This step is crucial to remove any remaining alcohol and salt.

8. Dry Completely Before Reassembl

Allow all parts to dry completely before reassembling your bong. This prevents any residual moisture from affecting the performance of your bong.

How to Polish Percolator Bong?

If you're aiming for a pristine and polished appearance for your percolator bong, adding a polishing step to your cleaning routine can make a significant difference.

Here's an expanded guide on how to polish your bong:

1. Choose the Right Cleaner

After cleaning your bong with isopropyl alcohol and salt, select a glass cleaner that is specifically designed for glass bongs or a mild, non-abrasive cleaner that won't scratch or damage the surface of your glass. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that could cloud or etch the glass.

2. Prepare Your Tools

Gather a clean microfiber cloth or a soft, lint-free cloth that won't leave fibers behind on the glass. Microfiber is ideal because it is gentle on glass and can effectively remove smudges and fingerprints.

3. Apply the Cleaner

Spray or apply the glass cleaner to the cloth, rather than directly onto the bong. This prevents the cleaner from running down into the bong's interior and causing potential contamination.

4. Buff the Exterior

Gently rub the cloth over the exterior of the bong, applying even pressure. Start at the bottom and work your way up, following the contours of the glass. Be sure to reach all areas, including the neck and base.

5. Polish with Circular Motions

Use circular motions to buff the glass. This method helps to evenly distribute the cleaner and remove any streaks or spots that may be present.

6. Clean the Percolator and Other Components

Don't forget to polish the percolator and any other removable parts. These components can also benefit from a thorough buffing to restore their shine.

7. Dry the Bong

After polishing, use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to remove any remaining cleaner and to give the bong a final buff. This step ensures that the glass dries without streaks or residue.

8. Inspect Your Work

Hold the bong up to a light source to inspect your work. The glass should be clear and shiny, with a mirror-like finish. If you notice any remaining spots or streaks, repeat the polishing process until you achieve the desired shine.

9. Maintain Regularly

To keep your bong looking its best, make polishing a regular part of your cleaning routine. Regular maintenance not only enhances the appearance of your bong but also helps to prevent the buildup of residue and grime.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your percolator bong not only functions well but also looks impressive, showcasing the craftsmanship and beauty of the glass.

Safety Tips


Work in a Well-Ventilated Area: Isopropyl alcohol is flammable and can produce strong fumes. Ensure you are cleaning in a well-ventilated space to avoid inhaling these fumes.

Handle with Care: Be careful when handling glass parts, especially when they are wet and slippery.

Benefits of Regular Cleaning

Regularly cleaning your percolator bong not only ensures it looks clean and clear but also maintains its functionality. A clean bong provides a better taste and a smoother smoking experience, free from the harsh flavors of resin buildup.


By sticking to this easy-to-follow guide, your percolator bong will stay in tip-top shape, ready to give you its best every time you need it.

Whether you're unwinding after a long day or celebrating a special moment, this quick maintenance routine will make sure your bong provides the smoothest, most enjoyable experience. So, happy cleaning, and enjoy your well-kept percolator bong!