The science is in: drummers are smarter than everyone.

Drummers not only keep the beat going but use their own creativity to put unique spins on a song. This is why a good drummer can make any band sound amazing.

Drumming is an art and the artist needs to have the best quality kit.

A quality kit doesn’t always signify the type of cymbals you play or your fancy drum design— a quality kit comes down to the bare bones of cleanliness and maintenance.

Not sure how to clean a drum set? Continue reading and we’ll show you how.

Cleaning the Drums

Drums can be made with intricate paint jobs and delicate wood. This is why it’s important to not only clean the drums but also maintain them in a way that doesn’t tarnish their appearance.

Fortunately, cleaning the drums is easy and practically free. Just give your drums a good wipe down with a damp washcloth. Dry the drums immediately. It’s also a good idea to clean the inside of the drums with a damp washcloth.

Cleaning the Cymbals

Cymbals are made of alloys or a combination of different metals. The most common alloy used is a copper alloy. Copper is not only durable but offers powerful sonic properties.

Unfortunately, copper can also become tarnished. And tarnished cymbals never look good when you’re playing a gig. However, you also don’t want to use abrasive cleansers on your cymbals.

Many drummers use homemade and store-bought products to clean their cymbals.

But it’s recommended you use cleaners made by your cymbal manufacturer. If they don’t have cymbal cleaner, consult with the cymbal manufacturer and ask which products they recommend.

Cleaning the Stands and Hardware

Your stands and hardware collect more dust than you would expect. That’s why it’s recommended you regularly strip down your kit and give your drum gear a good cleaning.

If your stands and hardware only have a little dust or dirt, use a damp washcloth and fully wipe each piece individually.

If there’s a lot of built-up dirt, use a non-ammonia window cleaning solution. The solution will clean the hardware without leaving streaks. Spray a little bit of the cleaning solution on a paper towel and wipe each piece.

If your hardware is rusted, you can use specific rust cleaning products to remove the rust.

Cleaning the Drumheads

Your drumheads also need a good wipe down. For coated drumheads, use a damp washcloth to remove any dust.

Use a non-ammonia window cleaner for your clear heads. If your drumheads are custom-made, it’s recommended you ask the drumhead company for any cleaning advice or maintenance instructions.

How to Clean a Drum Set: Now You Can Get Back to Playing

Now that you know how to clean a drum set, your kit can look brand new at every gig.

Custom drumheads will also make your kit stand out and you’ll look more professional as a drummer. Order your drumheads now.