Acrylic humidors are generally lightweight and inexpensive, but they do require some care in order to ensure they don’t crack or develop cracks over time.
While there are some methods that can be used to clean an acrylic humidor, there are also some steps you can take to avoid needing to clean it at all. If you want to prevent your acrylic humidor from getting dirty in the first place, here are 10 easy steps you can follow to clean it once you need to give it a deep cleaning.
Preparing the items needed
Before you start, you’ll need a few things: a soft cloth, distilled water, white vinegar, and mild dish soap. You’ll also need a toothbrush or other soft-bristled brush, and cotton swabs. Finally, make sure your humidor is empty of cigars before you begin.
1) Wipe down the exterior
To start, you’ll want to wipe down the exterior of your cigar humidor with a damp cloth. Be sure to get all the nooks and crannies, as well as the hinges and seal. Once you’ve wiped it down, give it a once-over with a dry cloth to make sure all the moisture is gone.
Remove the interior tray and dividers (three sentences): Next, you’ll want to remove the interior tray and dividers. This will give you better access to clean the inside of your humidor. Be careful not to lose any small pieces or parts in the process.
2) Remove Spanish cedar lining and soak it
To remove the Spanish cedar lining, first take out all of the cigars. Next, unscrew the humidor’s screws and lift off the top. Gently pry the Spanish cedar away from the acrylic, being careful not to damage either material. Soak the Spanish cedar in a solution of mild soap and warm water for about 30 minutes.
3) Clean out the bottom tray with water/vinegar mixture
First, you’ll want to mix together a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. Next, empty out the bottom tray of your humidor and give it a good scrub with this mixture. Be sure to rinse it well afterwards so that the vinegar smell doesn’t transfer to your cigars. You can do this once a month or as needed.
4) Scrub interior walls using toothbrush and water/vinegar mixture
1. Begin by mixing equal parts water and vinegar in a bowl.
2. Next, wet a toothbrush in the mixture and use it to scrub the interior walls of your humidor.
3. Be sure to scrub all nooks and crannies, paying special attention to any areas that look especially dirty. 4. Once you’ve given the walls a good scrubbing, rinse them off with clean water.
5. Allow the humidor to air dry completely before moving on to the next step.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 as necessary until the interior walls are clean.
7. Finish up by wiping down the exterior of your humidor with a damp cloth.
5) Soak hygrometer, wipe it clean
1. Remove the hygrometer from your humidor and soak it in a solution of distilled water and mild soap.
2. Use a soft cloth or brush to remove any dirt or debris from the surface of the hygrometer.
3. Rinse the hygrometer thoroughly with distilled water and dry it with a soft cloth.
4. Repeat steps 2-3 until the hygrometer is clean.
5. Wipe down the inside of your humidor with a damp cloth to remove any dust or dirt.
6. Dry the inside of your humidor with a soft cloth.
7. Replace the hygrometer in your humidor and close the lid.
6) Soak humidifier disc and wipe it clean
1. Fill a bowl with warm water and soap.
2. Submerge the humidifier disc in the water.
3. Let it soak for a few minutes.
4. Take the disc out of the water and wipe it clean with a soft cloth.
5. Rinse the disc off with clean water.
6. Dry it off with a soft cloth or paper towel.
7. Repeat steps 2-6 as needed until the disc is clean
7) Fill humidifier disc with a new solution
The first step is to remove the humidifier disc from the humidor and fill it with a new solution. Make sure you use a solution that is designed for acrylic humidors and follow the instructions on the label.
Next, take a clean cloth and wipe down the inside of the humidor. Be sure to get rid of any dust or debris that may have accumulated.
Once the inside is clean, replace the humidifier disc and close the lid. Allow the humidor to sit for 24 hours so that the new solution can work its way into the wood.
After 24 hours, open the lid and check the humidity level. If it is below 60%, add more solution to the disc. Close the lid and allow it to sit for another 24 hours before checking again.
8) Refill the Water bowl with fresh solution
1. Begin by taking out all of the cigars and emptying the water bowl.
2. Next, rinse the bowl with lukewarm water and let it air dry.
3. Fill the bowl with a fresh solution of distilled water and propylene glycol.
4. Place the cigars back into the humidor and close the lid.
5. Let the humidor sit for 24 hours so that the cigars can absorb moisture from the solution.
6. After 24 hours, empty out the water bowl and let it air dry again.
7. Finally, refill the water bowl with fresh distilled water and propylene glycol and close the lid
9) Replace Spanish cedar lining
The first step is to remove the Spanish cedar lining from the humidor. This can be done by gently prying it out with a flathead screwdriver.
Be careful not to damage the humidor itself. Once the lining is removed, set it aside and begin cleaning the inside of the humidor with a damp cloth. Be sure to get rid of any dust or debris that may have accumulated.
Next, you’ll need to clean the Spanish cedar lining itself. To do this, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth. Once it’s clean, set it aside and allow it to air dry completely before replacing it in the humidor.
Now that the inside of your humidor is clean and ready to go, it’s time to focus on the exterior.
Cigar humidors are a great way to store your cigars and keep them fresh. But like anything else, they need to be properly cared for and maintained. That’s why it’s important to know how to clean your humidor.