You just spent a good amount of money on a really high-quality titanium nail, and you want to take care of it, right? Unlike that crazy significant other of yours, they’re honestly pretty low-maintenance.
Before you use your toy for the first time, it is very important that you season your titanium nail correctly. After this is done, you can use your nail regularly, whether that be once or multiple times a day.
But how to clean a titanium nail, you ask. We have outlined some of the most popular methods below.
THE TORCHING METHOD
This is the easiest and cheapest way to care for your nail. After some use, you might notice that there is some sticky concentrate residue stuck to your nail. Don’t worry – this is an easy fix. Just take your torch and heat your nail as you normally would. The excess residue should burn off easily. On occasion, you might notice that there is some residue left on the nail after each dab, and many “dab snobs” are pretty anal about this. You might have to use the torching method to clean your nail between dabs.
THE WATER-DIPPIN’ METHOD
Very similar to seasoning your nail, the water-dippin’ method (as we like to call it) is just what it sounds like. Heat your nail as you normally would for a dab, and, with a pair of tongs, place your titanium nail in a bowl of room-temperature water. This method is effective in removing the white oxidation residue that may build up on your nail over time or from heavy use.
THE ISO RUB METHOD
You’re likely thinking, WTF is ISO?, and if you are, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. If you let your nail get really sticky after a while, you might find yourself in a position where heating your nail five times over just to clean it doesn’t sound like the best idea. You’re in luck. Commonly known as rubbing alcohol, ISO is very effective in removing the sticky residue left over from concentrates.
There are two ways to do this. Some people prefer to just throw their Ti nail in some rubbing alcohol (occasionally with a little bit of added salt) and let it soak for 5-10 minutes. Other people like to use rubbing alcohol and wipe the sticky residue off their nail with a rag or paper towel. Both methods work well, however be sure that you season your nail after cleaning with ISO. If you don’t, you risk ingesting fumes from the rubbing alcohol, and that’s never good.
You may come across some dabbing connoisseurs that claim they never clean their nail, and you might think that’s a bunch of BS. However, they probably really don’t. Many dabbers see their titanium nail the way a cook sees their cast iron skillet. They believe that after many uses, the titanium will acquire a tasteful seasoning, and with every dab, it gets better. This isn’t un-true, and there’s definitely nothing wrong with this, but it tends to freak some people out. If you’re planning on being the go-to friend for dabs, you might want to keep things clean.
Don’t forget to also check out our resource on how to clean a dab rig. We break it down step by step,