Trombone Cleaning Instructions
DAILY / WEEKLY CARE
Remove the inner slide and apply two drops of slide oil to the bottom of each tube.
Notice the inner and outer slide have a slide lock and catch. Match the tubes and lower the inner slide back into the outer slide. Work the slide up and down several times to distribute the oil evenly.
Wash the mouthpiece with liquid dish soap. Run the mouthpiece brush back and forth through both ends. Rinse with clean water.
Wipe the dirt and smudges off the instrument with the polishing cloth. Give extra attention to the area where your hands hold the instrument to remove perspiration and skin oils.
Lay your instrument on a towel and remove the inner slides and main tuning slide. If the slide is stuck, do not try to free it. Take your instrument to an experienced repairman.
Using a large sink or bathtub, run lukewarm water over and through the slides. Do NOT use hot water. It is important that you do not leave your instrument soaking in the water. Prolonged soaking will damage the lacquer finish.
Mix up a small container of liquid soap and water. Dip one snake brush end into the soap solution and run the brush through each slide, then rinse again with lukewarm water. Set the slides upright for the excess water to run out. Leave the slides for a short time to dry out completely.
Run lukewarm water through the bell and slide receiver. Re-dip the snake brush end into the soap solution and work it back and forth through the bell and slide receiver. Rinse with lukewarm water and wipe dry with a soft cotton cloth.
Apply a light film of tuning slide grease around each of the main slide tubes. Wipe off any excess grease. Insert the slides into the bell casing.
Add slide oil to the inner tubes and insert it into the outer slide. The slide lock and catch should always be matched up.
Clean the outside of the instrument with the polishing cloth.
Vacuum the inside of the case to remove dirt and lint.
Clean the outer case with a wet rag. Vinyl cleaning polishes work well to clean and shine the outer side of your case.
THINGS TO AVOID
Do not chew gum, eat or drink soft drinks just before or while you play your instrument. Food particles and sugar are difficult to dislodge and eventually will affect the playing qualities. If possible, rinse your mouth with water before playing.
Do not hit your mouthpiece into the receiver with your hand. Gently twist the mouthpiece in and it will seal properly. If the mouthpiece becomes stuck, do not try to remove with pliers. Get assistance! Your director or a qualified repairman will have a mouthpiece puller. This will remove the mouthpiece without causing damage to the instrument or mouthpiece.
If you stop for a break or end your playing session; put your instrument back into the case. Avoid laying the instrument down unprotected.
Do not leave your instrument soaking in the bathtub. Prolonged soaking will damage the lacquer finish.
Unless your case has a proper compartment, it is not advisable to carry books, music, papers or other large objects in the case.