How To Clean Cymbals

Fortunately, the amount of time spent maintaining a cymbal is minimal, and the reward for the effort is generous. It doesn’t matter if you’re cymbal is old, used or cheap: A seldom cleaning combined with proper everyday care and ingredients will improve your cymbal’s appearance.

How Often to Clean Cymbals

For proper cymbal caring and maintenance, regular cleaning is necessary to reduce corrosion. It is recommended that you give the cymbal a deep bath at least once a month and dry clean the cymbal after every use.

See what household items you can use to clean cymbals below:

Things You’ll Need

  • Warm water
  • Mild soap detergent
  • Brasso
  • Ketchup
  • Lemon Juice
  • wd40
  • Soft, Clean Cloth

How to clean cymbals with Brasso

Using Brasso to clean cymbals—Most instrumental polishes like “Brasso” coat a thin layer to remove tarnish. For best results, do not overuse or misuse this product as it may result in discoloration.

Directions: In a ventilated area, drain a tad bit of the Brasso onto a dry, soft cloth and wipe the cymbal in a circular motion. Buff cymbal with a clean cloth. That’s it – No rinsing required!

How to clean cymbals with ketchup

You can clean the oxidation off cymbals by using ketchup. Ketchup contains salt and vinegar which helps disinfects, remove oxidation and prevent tarnishing.

Directions: Gently rub ketchup onto the cymbal with a clean, soft cloth.  Rinse cymbal under warm water and dry using a new clean cloth.

How to clean cymbals with Lemon Juice

Spots and marks on cymbals can be removed by natural cleaning agents like lemon juice and baking soda.

Directions: Mix lemon juice, baking soda, and water. Gently rub the solution onto the cymbal with a lint-free cloth. Leave on for 15-20 minutes then rinse and dry.

How to clean cymbals with WD40

Cleaning solutions like WD40 can be found in every household or your local convenience store.

Directions: When cleaning cymbals with wd40,  spray within 5-7 inches from the instruments and let settle for 3 mins. Use a soft, clean dry cloth to wipe off the residue. No washing or rinsing required.