How to Clean Your Trumpet
How often should you clean your trumpet?
Cleaning your trumpet regularly will keep it playing well and will be better for your health. Ideally this should be done every couple of months.
What equipment do I need?
The equipment you will need for cleaning your trumpet is a flexible snake brush, a valve casing brush, a mouthpiece brush, and some dish soap. The brushes will last you for years to come and are a worthwhile investment for keeping your trumpet in good playing condition. You can get all of these brushes in a Reka cleaning kit.
1. Place a towel down in either a bath, large tub, or sink with warm water and a small amount of dish soap. It is important that you do not use hot water, as this can damage the lacquer.
2. Remove the valve slides and main tuning slide and wipe off old slide lubricant. Place them in the soapy water.
3. It is important that you don’t submerge the whole valves in water, as the felt should not become wet. Instead, you can let them soak in a glass of soapy water, making sure that the water doesn’t come high enough to touch the felts.
4. The valve caps can be submerged in the soapy water with the slides and trumpet body.
5. Leave everything to soak for about 10 minutes.
6. Run a snake brush through the body of the trumpet and the slides.
7. Scrub the inside of the valve casings with a valve casing brush and wipe out any gunk from the valve caps with paper towel. Give them a rinse to wash off the soapy water.
8. Use the snake brush to carefully clean the pistons. An old toothbrush works really well too. You may damage the pistons if you do this roughly.
9. Scrub out the mouthpiece with a mouthpiece brush. If you don’t have time for a full trumpet clean, it is good to regularly clean your mouthpiece and lead pipe, as this is where you will have the most build up. Especially, if you eat between practice sessions.
10. Rinse all of the parts.
11. Give the outside a wipe with a soft cloth.
12. When putting your trumpet back together, follow our guides on how to oil your valves and lubricate your slides, which are linked in the description below.
Enjoy your clean trumpet and happy practising!