Preventive Cleaning and Maintenance:
Cleaning the heating element connection (510 connection) at the top of the device every time the heating element is switched out.
Take a q-tip or piece of paper towel that has been dipped in Isopropyl Alcohol (never use water when cleaning the Lavatube) and wipe the inside of the connection. Make sure to get both the threads and the bottom plate until they are clean.
Next, wipe the connection dry with a different paper towel or the other side of the q-tip.
With the device disassembled, clean the threading of both the head unit and the battery compartment.
Using a green scouring pad, or similar tool, scrub the threads with light pressure. Then lightly wipe off any dirt and grime that may have come off the threads with Isopropyl Alcohol.
Apply IDEAL Noalox to the threaded connection. Please refer to this Article for more details.
When using the device, make sure that any excessive eliquid spillage or build up is cleaned and wiped from the unit whenever possible to prevent it from seeping into the device, and causing damage.
Advanced Cleaning and Maintenance:
With the device disassembled locate the spring at the bottom of the battery compartment. Using a long nose pliers or a straightened paper clip with an open loop at the end, grab the spring and pull it out of the battery compartment.
With the spring removed, take a scouring pad that has been cut into long 1" or 2" wide strips, and work one end of the pad to the bottom of the tube. Twist the pad back and forth for a minute or two. Remove the pad and rinse the entire battery compartment with Isopropyl Alcohol and let it stand to dry.
While waiting for the battery compartment to dry, take the spring and brush it with the scouring pad along the length of the wire of the spring. Rinse with Isopropyl Alcohol and let it stand to air dry.
After both the spring and the tube are dry, push the spring back into place using a marker or other tool that can provide even pressure to the spring. Make sure that the spring is seated all the way around the bottom of the tube, and that it is seated upright and not off to one side.