This is a full-proof guide to tell you how to clean a trumpet the correct way. It will save your trumpet and keep it as good as new forever.
Every trumpet should be maintained for the best performance. Maintaining requires proper oiling and cleaning regularly. You might find it tricky at first but with the practice, you will get the hang of it.
So, let’s move on to the steps of cleaning a trumpet.
A few tools are needed to keep the trumpet clean. Some of the brands giving these tools free but some don’t. Whatever the case is, you can always buy them separately.
- Small cleaning brush/pipe cleaner
- Valve casing brush
- Mouthpiece brush
- Dish Soap
- Valve oil
- Polishing cloth
How To Clean A Trumpet?
Cleaning your trumpet is a basic part of maintenance. If you want your instrument sound best and last longer than clean it regularly. We recommend you to clean your horns once every 5-7weeks.
This will take around 30 minutes or more. But, as you get used to the routine the time might decrease. We advise you to prepare your cleaning and assemble all the tools before starting.
Step 1: Remove The Parts
Here, you have to set the trumpet parts apart, for easy thorough cleaning. You can do this by carrying the following steps.
- First, remove the valves slowly, make sure not to drop them while removing. Once removed keep them at a safe place.
- Start moving the slides. First remove the first, then second, then third, and at last the main tuning slide.
- Make sure that you are slow when removing slides and valves. Don’t apply too much pressure. If there is any stuck valve don’t apply force to remove it instead consult a trumpet professional or go to a trumpet repair station.
Step 2: Clean The Tubes And Slides
- Take a big tanker or a tub. Fill it with water and add a few drops of dish soap.
- Immerse the slides into the soapy water for good 7-10 minutes. Next, remove the slides clean it from inside using the snake brush. Be gentle, rub on all sides to remove any bacteria or dirt build up.
- Rinse, dry them, and then place it on a thick towel.
- Now, next soak the entire trumpet in the water for 10 minutes.
- Further, take the valve casing brush clean the valves and with the other cleaning brush gently clean the entire trumpet especially the corners.
- Make sure to rub the valve casings several times.
- At last, rinse the trumpet and dry it with a soft cloth.
Step 3: Clean The Valve Piston
- Don’t completely put the valves in water as the felt pads will get wet and lose the shock-absorbing ability.
- Use the cleaning brush to clean the valves and rinse them in soap and water.
- Make sure don’t be rough while cleaning with the brush as it may cause scratch or dents.
Step 4: Reassemble The Trumpet
- Oil the valves and the first and the third slides before putting into the trumpet. The slides and valves should be dried completely before putting the oil.
- Next, grease the main tuning slide and the second valve slide for smooth functioning.
- Use warm water. Too hot water can damage the trumpet finish so dip your finger and check it before immersing your trumpet inside the water.
- Do not remove the water keys. It is because they are fixed and it becomes difficult to put it back again once removed.
- Never try to polish your trumpet on your own in case of scratches. Instead, take it to a repair station and get it done there.
Cleaning a trumpet is not as easy as it sounds. It takes time, patience, and efforts to do so. Pay close attention to all the steps mentioned above. Never try to put force or pressure while removing any part or cleaning it as it may cause dent or scratches.
Make sure you clean your trumpet after every 5 weeks and follow all the steps mentioned above. Believe us, if you carry this cleaning method, your trumpet will last you life long and would look as good as new always.