How Often Should You Clean Your Trumpet?

An effective way to clean a trumpet is to give it a bath at least once every month, in order to remove all of the buildup that has taken place over time. Doing this will remove all of the dirt that has amassed during that month.

Fill a tub or sink large enough to accommodate your horn with lukewarm water and add some dish soap; gently submerge all parts of the horn until all are submerged in its entirety.

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At least once every week, it is imperative to conduct a comprehensive cleaning of the trumpet from top to bottom. This involves greasing and cleaning all slides, valves and the mouthpiece thoroughly as well as using soft cloth and warm water on all exterior surfaces – especially those which curve. This should take approximately half an hour.

Begin by filling a tub or sink with lukewarm water and mild dish soap (not dishwasher detergent). Submerge your horn for approximately five minutes in this bath of sudsy water while being careful not to drop or submerge its hose into it (you can always drain later). Use your brush and snake from your maintenance kit to loosen any grime build-up within its valves and slides; additionally be sure to check each valve’s bottom section (the felt pads that line up with its respective slides) since getting wet could cause misalignment by becoming compressed over time causing misalignment of your horn.

Once your trumpet has been immersed, make sure that it is rinsed thoroughly – otherwise rust could form on its interior surface and ruin its integrity. After you are finished rinsing it thoroughly, drain and set all pieces aside on a towel for drying before reinserting them back into your trumpet.

Cleaning the mouthpiece on your trumpet once every week requires brushing it with a soft toothbrush and warm water, using warm water as needed to avoid damage to its finish. A dirty mouthpiece can seriously detract from its tone. Playing right after eating compounds this issue. While special brushes may be available from music stores or online, any regular toothbrush will do. Doing this task only takes about 25-30 minutes per task and it is key in helping your instrument sound its best regardless of whether you’re practicing with others or practicing alone! Make this part of your weekly maintenance regime for lasting results and durability of years of playback!


At least once every month, your trumpet should undergo a comprehensive cleaning regimen to maintain its appearance and ensure its valves and slides function smoothly – this is particularly important if sharing the instrument with someone else.

Cleaning your mouthpiece on a weekly basis is also recommended, since this is where most buildup occurs and keeping it clean can reduce the frequency and depth of deeper clean-up sessions. Simply use warm water and a brush such as this Venture Brass one on Amazon to do this task.

Before beginning to give your trumpet its bath, ensure you have some clean towels – lint free ones preferably – on hand to lay on the countertop as you disassemble and dry off parts. In addition, make sure you have a large tub or wash basin available and mild dishwashing soap (non bleach based) ready.

Fill your tub with just enough water to cover the body of your trumpet, mix in some dishwashing soap and allow the instrument to soak for one or two minutes before extracting and rinsing off all soap suds with warm water before setting aside to dry.

While soaking, use the cleaning snake to scrub any grease off of the slides and tubing using hot water, then remove from the tub to rinse with fresh water to eliminate soap suds before drying them and setting them on a towel.

Rinse off the tuning slides as you would do the main body. Be wary not to drop or damage any parts while disassembling or drying them off.

Once the slides have dried, you can begin working on other parts of your trumpet. Be sure to use appropriate tools for each task, such as a ratchet wrench and screwdriver for tuning slide screws and soft rag for tubing and valve parts.


Your trumpet needs to be regularly cleaned in order to remain functional, just like any instrument. As you play it can pick up dirt, grime, grease and other debris which builds up inside its body as you play – this can cause tubing to misshape or corrode leaving it difficult and stiff to play. To prevent this happening regularly you should give your trumpet a bath every three months using disassembling, giving a soapy bath and then drying it off – which should take approximately 15-20 minutes and requires using clean soft lint free cloths!

Before beginning, remove the tuning slide, first and second valve slides from your trumpet, as well as any valve casings and tubes of the trumpet body from it. Use a cleaning snake (sometimes known as a brass saver) to clear out their interiors using multiple passes through slides, valve casings and tubes on each slide and casing of each valve casing of trumpet body several times with this snake. After clearing tubes completely with this method, wash them using a cloth that has been submerged in warm soapy bath before gently rubbing their outsides while being careful not to damage their finish finish!

Next, rinse the valves and mouthpiece thoroughly with clean water before drying them using a towel. When your trumpet is completely dry you can reassemble it; remembering to replace both tuning slides as well as reinsert first and second valve slides; additionally you should add some drops of valve oil on them prior to reinserting.

Apart from weekly cleanings, it’s wise to perform a more intensive one every month. This should involve taking apart both slide and lead pipe to clean inside each component piece in detail; doing this may prevent too much dirt build-up over time and potentially save more involved cleaning tasks down the line.

While you’re doing this, now would be an ideal time to empty the water valve as well. Doing this will release any accumulated water that might have seeped into the body of your trumpet which could cause corrosion and mar the finish – taking only minutes but providing long-term protection!


Regular trumpet cleaning will extend its lifespan and improve both its sound and condition, with your trumpet sounding better when free from dust and dirt build-up. In particular, lead pipe and third valve slide need to be cleaned more frequently since these areas tend to collect most dust and debris – however by doing this more frequently as well as wiping its exterior off with a cloth once every week, you could potentially reduce how often it needs cleaning overall.

Cleaning your trumpet usually takes approximately half an hour, as you will need to fill a tub with warm water and add dish soap before filling with your trumpet. In addition, you will require some supplies like a cleaning snake and brushes – usually included in maintenance kits – and some rags and towels for cleanup purposes.

Start by immersing the valve casing, slides and mouthpiece in soapy water for at least 15 minutes until submerged – be careful not to submerge either the top half or any felt/cork bits that may contain felt. Rinse them thoroughly afterwards with warm water before drying off with a soft cloth.

Once the tubes and slides have been thoroughly scrubbed, flush clean lukewarm water through them until all signs of soap residue have been washed away. Dry the slides as well as the trumpet body with a washcloth – being careful not to rub too vigorously as this could damage the instrument!

Clean the mouthpiece daily and oil the valves daily in order to ensure their correct operation, and grease tuning slide and three valve slides at least once weekly if you want your trumpet to continue functioning optimally. Don’t neglect its care, either; keep it clean and oiled!