How to Clean A Santa Cruz Shredder

So you bought a Santa Cruz Shredder a while back and you’ve been enjoying it to the fullest. If you are a regular smoker, you may notice that your grinder could use a little spit-shine (figuratively speaking) after it stops turning or grinding easily. There are plenty of reasons why you may want to clean your grinder, like improving flavours or just keeping your gear in good working shape. Nonetheless, there is only one tried and true way to clean this grinder, and we’re here to share it with you. Get all the details on the Santa Cruz Shredder, and find out what tools and steps are necessary to clean it. 

A Little Bit About This Iconic Grinder

Owners of a Santa Cruz Shredder may not need reminding of the features that set this grinder apart from the rest. However, it never gets old hearing about the mechanics that convinced smokers to buy this accessory in the first place. As fans of durability and long-lasting smokeware, we believe one of the biggest highlights of this grinder is that its sifters will never get dull, flake aluminum or release burrs. The same goes for the aerospace anodizing of the aluminum, which prevents scratches and keeps the grinder looking impeccable year after year. Not to mention, the high-quality magnets used in the Santa Cruz Shredder offer serious longevity, as their raw materials protect them from corrosion, meaning they can keep flower and odours stored safely inside.

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What You Need

While there are many folks out there who swear by boiling their grinders, placing them in the dishwasher and using house cleaning products, Santa Cruz has set the record straight. According to the brand themselves, the best cleaner for the Shredder is isopropyl alcohol. Why you ask? Because everything else will affect the finish of the Santa Cruz shredder, while isopropyl alcohol will not. So, if you want to keep your grinder looking great and working as intended, stick to ISO. For a deep clean, you’ll also need a rag and cotton swabs to do some detailing.

Cleaning the Santa Cruz Shredder

The first step in cleaning your grinder is making sure there are no more goods still inside of it. You can remove any pollen in your screen or lower chamber by doing a dry scrape with the pick and depositing it into an airtight container. Be careful not to hit or scrape the grinder too hard as over time this can affect the lifespan of your gear. Then, take your isopropyl alcohol and apply some to a rag to begin cleaning the outer part of the chamber where pollen collects. After that, pour a bit of ISO inside the grinder and leave it to soak. If your grinder is very dirty, you can repeat this step. Finally, use the cotton swabs to clean the teeth inside the chamber. Then, your grinder will be good as new and shred as it should!

Time to Enjoy

Keeping your Santa Cruz Shredder clean will not only ensure its proper functioning but also guarantee that you enjoy the proper terpene profiles of your flower. If you are looking to add another one of these grinders to your collection, read up on their specs here. For more cleaning tips and tutorials, check out the Parkdale Brass blog. If you are looking for infographics or more cannabis education, hop on over to our Instagram! Also, don’t forget to peruse our accessories in The Parkdale Brass shop!



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