How To: Clean Your Kaloud Lotus
The heat management device that changed the game can sometimes look like a piece that could bring an end to your hookah session. Leaving too much burnt shisha on your Lotus can hinder its performance and alter the taste in your session. Let’s prevent that, shall we.
The Kaloud Lotus was designed to give a you clean and crisp flavor by shielding you from the unwanted charcoal taste.
This simple yet intricate aluminum core piece is easy to use and even easier to manage when in use, but it’s what you do at the end of your session that may have the biggest impact on the function of the Lotus.
Can you wash it?
Absolutely! This thing holds coals/ash and always has shisha beneath, so it’s gonna get dirty.
Warm/hot water is all you’ll need for this device, so put down the soap and don’t go to the hardware shop.
If you’re washing the Lotus before a use, make sure to remove any excess water from the interior before placing your coals inside.
Small puddles can be the end of your session/charcoal and also put off a weird taste. (Sidenote: If you’re using a cloth to dry the Lotus be on the lookout for small pieces of fabric that may fall off onto the device. You’ll know if this happens because it stinks when burning.)
If you’re planning ahead, rinse it in advance and let the Lotus dry without the use of drying towels.
Do you have time?
Are you going from one Lotus bowl to another? If so we understand; it’s party o’clock and you’re just trying to get your bowl on.
Let’s start things off by removing any charcoal from inside the body of the Lotus and if you’re looking at dust, give it a quick hover over with your hand to gauge the heat. Embers can be enders, so be careful when disposing your charcoal.
-If your Lotus is hot. If possible, wait for the device to cool down. Can’t wait?
Then carefully use flat style tongs, slide them into the side vents of the Lotus to lift up and remove it, and dump any excess ash into your coal tray.
While it’s still warm try to remove as much shisha from the underside as possible. Shisha can become harder to remove once water is added.
-If your lotus is warm/cold. Still take caution until you know you can’t be burned and then begin removing any shisha from the underside.
Since it’s not blazing hot, you’ll have more elbow grease but, under no circumstance, should you use a sharp object or electric tool to remove any shisha.
What If The Shisha Doesn’t Come Off?
You went too far! Luckily, there may be some hope for you, but this shouldn’t be an everyday thing.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Small container (empty margarine tub)
- Really hot water
- Soft scrub sponge
- Brillo pad (depending on how bad it is)
The margarine tub is kind of specific but we promise those little containers are the perfect size for what you need.
You’ll fill the container with extremely hot water, but not boiling, and use caution. Let it soak for 30-60 minutes before taking it out with tongs, in case it’s hot still.
The hardened pieces should be super soft now and it’s your moment to attack. Use you fingers first before switching to anything abrasive as you’ll be surprised at how easy the pieces remove.
It’s ok to soak it one more time if need be. Put the knife and chisel down, the goal again is to clean it not dent or scratch it.
I Dropped It On The Carpet!
There's no coming back from burnt carpet on your Kaloud Lotus. Here’s a link to a new one.
Discontinue use of any Kaloud Lotus if there is anything besides shisha stuck on it, even if your friend says “I like, scraped it all off and now it works.”
Use the coupon code "OHNO" for $5 dollars off your replacement Lotus. Or use it on a new one; we can’t tell the difference unless you tell us.
Make It Easy On Yourself (conclusion)
You may reach a point where you have to go through multiple soak sessions to restore the glory, but after that following the tips in this blog should prevent you from heavy soaking in the future.
This blog will be here forever so reference it when needed or pass it to a friend with a dirty lotus.
TLDR: clean it before it gets out of hand and you'll have delicious hookah session.
What's your lotus look like?