Natural way to clean cymbs?

Where to buy, how to cleaning etc...

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Post Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:17 pm

Hi brethren drumists!

I am new on this board, but not new to drumming (been banging on for 20 years lol)!
However I have a q: Does any of you know about a natural, non toxic liquid or concoction one can use to clean one's brass collection?

I don't particularely like using nasty chems ...
Any suggestions?

Thanks !
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Post Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:23 pm

I have used lemons before. You squeeze out the juice on the cymbals and then scrub with the lemon. You need a lot of lemons though and if you dont clean them good you can see the spots that are still dirty.
It kind of turns the cymbals a bright color, I used it on old paiste alphas and they turned pink, but it still works good. Then dont let heat get near them for a while or they will turn a bunch of different colors.

Afterwards the cymbals smell good. If you try it on a little splash you can see how it works before using it on big cymbals.
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Post Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:43 pm

I heard something called groove juice but i don't know if it's non toxic....
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Post Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:34 am

the lemon idea should work... if u can clean a BBQ plate with it then in theory...
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Post Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:46 am

You can use baking soda! 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub the paste on and scrub with a cloth and rinse. Works very well. Make sure that you dry thorougly. Good cleaning and welcome to the forum. Peace on ya!
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Post Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:16 am

Some white vinegar will really make that baking soda go to town. I use that to clean the smell of onion off of our cutting boards.
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Post Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:14 pm

SGarrett wrote:Some white vinegar will really make that baking soda go to town. I use that to clean the smell of onion off of our cutting boards.
couldnt that corrode the metal? cause that is a pretty violent reaction
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Post Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:40 pm

No more than rubbing highly acidic lemon on them.
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Post Thu May 08, 2008 5:01 am

coke-a-cola!!!!! I use it for mine alot. let it soak if you can.
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Post Sun May 11, 2008 3:51 am

J0k3r wrote:coke-a-cola!!!!! I use it for mine alot. let it soak if you can.



wow! Thats a good idea. A good question about using non toxic. Thats half the reason I almost never clean my cymbals. I hate that polishing stuff.

White vinegar and baking soda

Water and baking soda


Great ideas. Ill try those!

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Post Sun May 11, 2008 10:42 am

Groove juice doesn't work good. all it did was turn the cymbal brown.
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Post Sun May 11, 2008 10:58 am

hmm coke.

Ill try that on an old cymbal.

I may just drink it instead though :twisted:
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Post Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:09 am

Out of curiosity, how often do you usually clean cymbals? I think mine sound better a bit dirty and dusty..
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Post Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:09 am

Never.

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Post Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:39 am

ketchup actually works but I don't use it on my Paistes due to the protective coating. I've used it on other cymbals with success.
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