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How To Clean A Trumpet?

Even the finest trumpets can sound cheap, so every trumpeter should know how to clean a trumpet. It is not a very difficult task. Although you may need a good half an hour or more for every cleaning session during your first few attempts, over time you would be able to clean your trumpet in some quick fifteen or twenty odd minutes.

Trumpet Cleaning Supplies

There are only a few supplies you need to clean a trumpet, including:

  • A small tub or sink
  • A flexible cleaning brush (aka a cleaning snake)
  • Valve casing brush
  • Mouthpiece brush
  • Valve oil
  • Slide grease
  • Dish soap
  • Polishing cloth

Trumpet cleaning kits contain all that you need and are readily available on The kit Yamaha sells comes highly recommended and is available here. If you elect to put your own kit together be sure to get a good quality valve oil and slide grease such as Hetman 2 - Piston Lubricant and Hetman Tuning Slide Oil Light. A good set of valve casing brushes such as the H.W. Brass Saver Trumpet Cleaning Brushes is also highly recommended.