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Keeping Your Cymbals Clean


Keeping your cymbals clean doesn’t have to be a chore.
Proper handling of your cymbals and occasional cleaning will keep them clean. For the best and safest cleaning, ‘The SABIAN Cymbal Cleaner’ (a new, one-for-all formula introduced in 2001) is suitable for cleaning all cymbals – all series, all finishes… all brands.

  • Avoid fingerprints by holding cymbals by their edges (try using the palms of your hands) or by wearing gloves (inexpensive cotton work gloves are good).
  • The biggest enemies of clean cymbals are fingerprints and (if you’re a hard player) perspiration, so wipe these off immediately after every performance with a dry cloth (especially important with Brilliant Finish).
  • Some nylon tips and colored sticks leave marks that are more difficult to remove than those of natural wood sticks.
  • If you are concerned about keeping the logos on your cymbals, simply clean around them. We use environmentally friendly, mineral-based inks and they will eventually wear off if you wipe them with any cleaner.
  • We recommend ‘SABIAN Cymbal Cleaner’.
  • DO NOT use abrasive or acidic cleaners or scouring pads on any cymbal.