How to Clean the Trumpet
Daily Wipe Down
You should wipe off your trumpet at the end of each day using
the Ultra-Pure microfiber polishing cloth. Gently wipe all the
surfaces, especially where you hold the horn. Wipe off any water
spots. The microfiber cloth will soak up oils and grease and should
be washed once a month. If you have a silver plated trumpet, you
can use a silver polishing cloth to remove tarnish about once a
week. This cloth is available at your music store. Use it to wipe
the outside of the instrument only.
You should give your trumpet a bath about every month or two to
keep it in the best condition. It only takes about 30 minutes to do
a good job.
Carefully pull out the main tuning slide and the three valve
slides. Wipe off any grease on slides with a paper towel. Remove
the bottom valve caps. If they are stuck, try using a rubber jar
opener, not pliers. Also wipe off the bottom valve caps with the
paper towel. Then remove the three valves. They are numbered 1, 2,
and 3. When you pull out the valves, check which way the number
faces, the mouthpiece or bell end. When you put the valves back,
they will face the same way.
Put a rubber mat or a towel in a tub or large sink and fill it
with lukewarm water. Add some lemon-scented dishwashing liquid
detergent (about a tablespoon is enough). Gently immerse the
trumpet, the slides, the bottom valve caps, and your mouthpiece.
Put some of the soapy water in a glass and immerse the valves,
keeping the felts dry. Let everything soak for 10 minutes or
Run the snake through the leadpipe and all the trumpet body
tubing several times. Run it down the bell and around the back
bend. Use the snake to clean the insides of the tuning slide and
the valve slides. Don't force the snake if it does not bend around
the tubing easily.
Scrub the valve casings from the top and from the bottom with
the valve casing brush. Clean the bottom valve caps carefully to
remove all the residues. Finally, clean the mouthpiece with the
mouthpiece brush. Drain the tub or sink and rinse all the parts
completely. Let them dry on a towel.
Clean the valves
Gently clean the valve ports with soapy water using the snake
brush or the valve casing brush. Scrub the valve surface with soapy
water using the valve casing brush or an old toothbrush. Be careful
not to scratch the valve surface. Wash the valves with plenty of
clean water and let them dry on a towel.
Clean the mouthpiece
Put some soap on the mouthpiece brush and scrub out the
mouthpiece from the back end. Rinse with water.
Lubricate the slides
Put a small amount of Ultra-Pure Regular Tuning Slide Lube on
your finger and rub it onto the slide. Insert the slide all the way
and wipe off any excess lube with a paper towel. If you are used to
moving the first and third valve slides quickly for more accurate
tuning, you should use Ultra-Pure Light Tuning Slide Lube on these
slides. Also, rub a little slide lube on the top and bottom valve
casing threads. Slides should be lubed about once a week or
two. See these tips on How To Oil or Grease
Oil the valves
Hold the valve over a sink, cloth or newspaper and coat it with
plenty of Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil. Carefully put it
back into the casing and make sure the valve "clicks" into place,
facing the right direction. When putting the valve back in its
casing, do not rotate it since this can cause excessive wear. Screw
the bottom valve caps back on.
Now that the trumpet is back together, you should be able to
blow air gently through the leadpipe while pressing each valve down
one at a time. If air stops, you have one or more valves mixed up
or facing the wrong direction.
Reapply valve oil every day or two
You should oil your valves every day or two. Just unscrew the
valve and pull it up and out of the casing. Coat the valve with oil
and carefully put it back in the casing. See these tips on How to
Oil Trumpet Valves.
Treat your instrument gently
Be gentle with your instrument. It is dented easily and dents
make the instrument harder to play or can cause valves or slides to
stick. Keep the horn in your hands, on your lap, or in the case.
Not on the bed, a chair, or on the floor. If the instrument gets a
dent, or if your mouthpiece gets stuck, take it to a music store to
be repaired professionally.