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Tips for Cleaning Cloudy Glass

There are many things to consider when collecting glass, but in almost every case, condition is a major factor in the value of any piece of glassware. Most collectors are purists and by that, we mean the collector wants things in mint condition, as if they just came off the showroom floor: no chips, cracks, roughness or sickness. The only exception to this rule are the extremely rare pieces.

Sick glass, or cloudy glass as it is often called, can sometimes be cleared. To understand what is happening to the glass, it is important to understand what type of matter glass actually is. It may seem like a solid substance to the touch but it is actually an amorphous solid, a liquid that was supercooled and is now somewhere between a solid and a liquid. Because of this, liquid can seep into the glass through micro fractures, giving the surface a cloudy appearance.

What is cloudy glass?

Cloudy glass is an industry term describing glass that has calcium deposits, which causes a light, foggy appearance in glassware. The water that held flowers in the vase or the repetitive washing of the tumbler is the culprit. Often, cloudiness is caused by consistent contact with hard water (i.e. water that contains calcium, lime, or other minerals) and this cloudiness can be difficult to get rid of.

Of course, vases, pitchers, and glassware are meant to be used, but a good rule of thumb is to thoroughly rinse the item after use and hand-dry with a microfiber cloth. Another good rule of thumb is to make sure liquid does not stay in the glass vessel for an extended period. One could consider using a silver vase for a long lasting floral arrangement.

If years of neglect has damaged the visual appearance of your fine glassware though, there may be a cure. Over the years, collectors have reported a number of household products that they have found cleaned from lightest to heaviest of hard water stains. Below are just a few of them.

Tips for cleaning cloudy glass:

  1. Leave the object in vinegar and water overnight to loosen calcium deposits, rinse with water and dry with a microfiber towel.
  2. Vaseline or petroleum jelly can sometimes remove light calcium build-up. Let it sit for 4-5 days before removing.
  3. Fill with lukewarm water and drop in a denture cleaner tablet.
  4. Pearl Drops Toothpaste has been recommended for light calcium stains. Dab a little on your index finger and lightly rub. Wash with water.
  5. Dow Tub and Tile cleaner. Spray on, let sit, then rinse.

Please keep in mind that these are for sturdier glassware and not for art glass pieces with decorative finishes or that are made of fine crystal. In addition, once glass has become cloudy and been cleaned, it can be difficult to keep the glass clear for very long. The microfracturing is still existent in the glass and thus the cloudiness will reappear over time. These tips can help you improve the immediate appearance of your cloudy glassware and careful handling can prolong the improved appearance.

Remember to never wash glassware with cold or hot water. Extreme temperature changes can cause glass to crack or shatter. In addition, fine glassware should not be placed in the dishwasher. Dishwashers can cause hard water stains to appear, some detergents can etch the surface and there is a possibility that vibration of the dishwasher can cause a piece to shatter.

The best way to clean your glass is to wash by hand, always with lukewarm water, mild dishwashing soap (liquid), and dry with a microfiber towel. Avoid cleaning surfaces with hydrochloric acid as an ingredient. Hydrochloric acid is highly corrosive and can permanently damage and etch your glass.

Whether an heirloom, collection or a new hobby, glassware can serve you well and gracefully adorn your cabinet shelves if cared for properly.

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How to Clean a Glass Bong or Water Pipe in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Jack Daniel (Edited by Jay Dreadhead) on 10th Jul 2017

Remember the day you got your bong? Remember the pure joy and anticipation that you had just thinking about packing that first bowl and feeling that sweet chug as the flavorful smoke rose toward your anxious lips? Remember? The Dab Lab remembers…You wouldn’t be satisfied with dirty, moldy herbs. So you shouldn’t be satisfied with a dirty bong either. This easy to follow guide for keeping your bong clean is all you need to know to keep that glass looking gorgeous.

A Clean Bong Is a Happy Bong – Here’s How to Care for Your Glass

1. Carefully dump out the dirty bong water.Fill with clean, warm water, swish it around, and dump that out. When filling, use both the mouthpiece and the downstem. You can repeat this if you feel that you need to.

2. Pour in your chosen cleaning solution. We are aware that some people still use rubbing alcohol and table salt to clean their glass bong, but we are here to tell you that you do not need to use such harsh products. Dark Crystal Cleaning Solution is 100% organic, made from plant materials. It can be heated up before use to break through the crustiest resin globs, and is reusable. The Grunge Off Super Soaker is a proven product for glass bong maintenance as well, and Formula 420 has been around for more than 2 decades! Not many smoke shop products or brands can say that. These products were formulated specifically for cleaning glass, and they work, and we are proud to offer them to you!

3. Soak n’ shake! If you are dealing with some heavy resin buildup inside the water chamber and/or downstem of the bong, you may want to let the cleaning solution sit and soak in the glass bong for an hour or so. Then a good shake will usually dislodge any and all chunks of nastiness. Here is where the brilliantly simple product Resolution Cleaning Caps comes in so handy. These universal fit silicone caps sit snugly over the mouthpiece and joint of your glass bong after you add your cleaning solution, giving an airtight seal and allowing you to turn your piece upside down and shake-shake-shake without fear of making a huge smelly mess. Particularly stubborn spots – like a dirty downstem – can sometimes be reached with a nylon pipe brush . We’ve got a variety of sizes at rock bottom prices to help you keep your glass looking new.

Still got a hard to reach spot that needs a scrub? Try these awesome Magnetic Bong Scrubbers by SCRUBBERZ . One goes inside the tube, and you hold the other on the outside. The magnetic attraction between the two allows you to navigate the scrubber throughout the chamber and tube of your glass bong, eliminating any tricky stains. Make sure that the Magnetic Bong Scrubber will easily fit inside both the tube and chamber before using it.

4. Once all resin is broken down and floating or dissolved in the cleaning solution, dump it all out and repeat the first step for a final rinse. If your glass is still a bit foggy, add a splash of fresh cleaning solution and one or two more swirls should clear it right up, then dump that out and rinse one more time with fresh filtered water.

5. If you plan to use the bong right away, fill it to your desired level with fresh, clean, cool,filtered water. If you just plan to store it for a while, leave it dry and just add fresh filtered water right before the next sesh. Filtered water is always recommended over spring or tap water which can leave unsightly water stains on your glass that can be hard to then get rid of. Leaving water (especially dirty water) in your glass bong for too long also runs the risk of mold spores growing inside, which is definitely not good! Keep it clean, buds!

This simple 5 step guide to clean your glass bong is just as easy as it is effective. If you change your water frequently, this entire process only gets easier and all your friends will line up to try to get greens out of your beautiful clean glass.

Recommended Products to Clean Your Glass Bong

– Resolution Silicone Cleaning Caps

– Nylon Pipe Cleaners (assorted sizes)

– Magnetic Bong Scrubbers by SCRUBBERZ

– Dark Crystal Cleaning Solution

– Grunge Off Super Soaker Glass Cleaner

Remember the day you got your bong? Remember the pure joy and anticipation that you had just thinking about packing that first bowl and feeling that sweet chug as the flavorful smoke rose toward your anxious lips? Remember? The Dab Lab remembers…You wouldn’t be satisfied with dirty, moldy herbs. So you shouldn’t be satisfied with a dirty bong either. This easy to follow guide for keeping your bong clean is all you need to know to keep that glass looking gorgeous. A Clean Bong Is a Happy Bong – Here’s How to Care for Your Glass 1. Carefully dump out the dirty bong water.Fill with clean, warm water, swish it around, and dump that out. When filling, use both the mouthpiece and the downstem. You can repeat this if you feel that you need to. 2. Pour in your chosen cleaning solution. We are aware that some people still use rubbing alcohol and table salt to clean their glass bong, but we are here to tell you that you do not need to use such harsh products. Dark Crystal Cleaning Solution is 100% organic, made from plant materials. It can be heated up before use to break through the crustiest resin globs, and is reusable. The Grunge Off Super Soaker is a proven product for glass bong maintenance as well, and Formula 420 has been around for more than 2 decades! Not many smoke shop products or brands can say that. These products were formulated specifically for cleaning glass, and they work, and we are proud to offer them to you! 3. Soak n’ shake! If you are dealing with some heavy resin buildup inside the water chamber and/or downstem of the bong, you may want to let the cleaning solution sit and soak in the glass bong for an hour or so. Then a good shake will usually dislodge any and all chunks of nastiness. Here is where the brilliantly simple product Resolution Cleaning Caps comes in so handy. These universal fit silicone caps sit snugly over the mouthpiece and joint of your glass bong after you add your cleaning solution, giving an airtight seal and allowing you to turn your piece upside down and shake-shake-shake without fear of making a huge smelly mess. Particularly stubborn spots – like a dirty downstem – can sometimes be reached with a nylon pipe brush. We’ve got a variety of sizes at rock bottom prices to help you keep your glass looking new. Still got a hard to reach spot that needs a scrub? Try these awesome Magnetic Bong Scrubbers by SCRUBBERZ. One goes inside the tube, and you hold the other on the outside. The magnetic attraction between the two allows you to navigate the scrubber throughout the chamber and tube of your glass bong, eliminating any tricky stains. Make sure that the Magnetic Bong Scrubber will easily fit inside both the tube and chamber before using it. 4. Once all resin is broken down and floating or dissolved in the cleaning solution, dump it all out and repeat the first step for a final rinse. If your glass is still a bit foggy, add a splash of fresh cleaning solution and one or two more swirls should clear it right up, then dump that out and rinse one more time with fresh filtered water. 5. If you plan to use the bong right away, fill it to your desired level with fresh, clean, cool,filtered water. If you just plan to store it for a while, leave it dry and just add fresh filtered water right before the next sesh. Filtered water is always recommended over spring or tap water which can leave unsightly water stains on your glass that can be hard to then get rid of. Leaving water (especially dirty water) in your glass bong for too long also runs the risk of mold spores growing inside, which is definitely not good! Keep it clean, buds! This simple 5 step guide to clean your glass bong is just as easy as it is effective. If you change your water frequently, this entire process only gets easier and all your friends will line up to try to get greens out of your beautiful clean glass.  Recommended Products to Clean Your Glass Bong - Resolution Silicone Cleaning Caps - Nylon Pipe Cleaners (assorted sizes) - Magnetic Bong Scrubbers by SCRUBBERZ - Dark Crystal Cleaning Solution - Grunge Off Super Soaker Glass Cleaner - Formula 420