How to Clean and Maintain Trumpet Valves
Take the valves out.To take the valves out, twist them counterclockwise until they pop up, when they pop up gently pull them out.
- Make sure you can identity which valve belongs to which tube as if they are put in incorrectly the instrument won't make work properly. If you don't know which valves go where, take them out one at a time. Some valves have numbers on them one is the valve closest to the mouthpiece, two is the middle one and three is the one closest to the bell.
- If a valve is stuck and won't come out,do notforce it out by pulling on them. This will cause damage to the instrument.
Put them in a bowl of lukewarm water and take some soap that you wash dishes with (like Dawn).Keep an eye on them and don't leave them there for so long, half an hour to an hour is fine.
- Don't put the springs in the water as it can damage them.
Lightly scrub outside of the valves with a cloth to get rid off any grease.Be sure not to damage the pieces.
- Do not clean your valves, or any part of your instrument, with a scourer. This will scratch them.
Clean the inside of the valves with a snake brush or valve casing brush.Use a soft one as hard ones can scratch the valves potentially ruining them.
- If you don't have a suitable brush alternatively you could use a soft pipe cleaner. It won't work as effectively but it will get the job done.
Dry them down with a towel or let them dry naturally.It is important the valves are dry, because if there is still water in it, it can grow mold or tarnish the brass. Release any water from inside your instrument by opening the spit valve or taking out the tuning slides and shaking it out.
Oil them with valve oil.It is important you oil it after every bath. Use good quality valve oil to oil them anddo notattempt to use any homemade alternatives, they most likely will not work and depending whats in it, it may damage your trumpet.
- Take each valve and allow a few little drops to go on the valves. Put them back in and blow into your trumpet like you normally would, if you make a note you got it in the right place and if you don't, lightly turn the valve till you hear the *click* sound. When you give it a bath and you're done with it, put it carefully on the windowsill on top of a tea towel to dry (it can take up to two hours to dry.)
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- When you give the trumpet a bath, make sure that you keep everything in order of how you took it apart. It is important that you put everything back correctly.
- Put a towel or other cloth at the bottom of the bath in order to avoid damaging your instrument. If your instrument gets bent it can ruin the sound quality.
- Make sure that you put the valves in correctly. Be sure all valves are in the right place and you haven't mixed any up. The holes in the valves should be in line with the tubes.
- Sometimes you can spill valve oil onto the top of the valve where you put your fingers. That means your fingers can get greasy from the oil and they can slip off while you are playing. If there is oil on that part, rub it off with a paper towel, water won't help.
- Don't bother trying to clean them with a tissue, bits of the tissue will get stuck onto the valves.
- Do not mess with the white felt inside of the trumpet valves.
- Some valve oil is poisonous, be careful. If you spill toxic valve oil onto your mouthpiece by accident, wash it off instantly. It is dangerous to put your mouth on it if there is poisonous oil.
Video: How To Oil Your Trumpet Valves.
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