How to Clean the Trombone (pictures coming
Daily Wipe Down
After you are through playing the trombone for the day, you
should wipe off the outer surfaces with the Ultra-Pure Extra-Large
Microfiber Polishing Cloth. Especially wipe off all the
surfaces that you hold in order to protect the finish of the
About every month or two, you should give your trombone a
complete bath. The trombone is easy to clean, but you need a large
sink, tub, or shower to do a good job. The easiest is a
bathtub with a shower.
Put about 3" of lukewarm water and a tablespoon of liquid lemon
dish detergent into the tub. Lay a rubber bath mat or a towel
in the tub as a cushion to prevent scratching.
Soak the inner slide, outer slide, tuning slide(s), bell, and
mouthpiece in the tub for about 10 minutes to loosen any grime that
has built up in the trombone. Run a snake through all the slides
several times to completely remove any grime. Use the mouthpiece
brush to scrub out the mouthpiece. After you have cleaned all inner
surfaces, clean the outer surfaces with a washcloth or a sponge.
Drain the tub and carefully rinse off all the soapy water. You may
find that the shower is easier to use than the tub spout for
rinsing the trombone parts.
Let the parts dry. Put Ultra-Pure Regular Tuning Slide
Lube on your tuning slide(s) and Ultra-Pure Trombone Slide Lube on
the hand slide, following the instructions here.