The brass family are usually distinct among other groups of musical instruments. What usually makes them distinguished is their shiny and bright outer bodies; you are not likely to miss seeing one. They equally give off a very sharp and excellent tune that can complement an orchestra or add to singing melodies. The type of brass instrument ranges from the trumpet to saxophones and many others in between them.

Due to the shape of the instruments, which is usually long or curly with narrow cylindrical openings, it might be a bit confusing about how to clean them. Keeping the instrument neat is one of the recommended ways of maintaining them, and lack of proper maintenance can lead to them losing their shiny exteriors and going out of tune.

To prevent your brass instrument from rusting, you should clean it as often as possible. Here are some easy steps that will help you in cleaning them.

Get the required equipment

Before you commence the exercise, you should have all the necessary cleaning equipment and reagent at hand. Having what you need close by will make your job far more effective, and you tend to get it done in a shorter amount of time. Some of the common equipment required include soap, your cleaning kit, lubricants, water etc.

Once you have all equipment expected for the exercise, you can pick up your instrument and start the cleaning process.

Disassembling the instrument

The instruments usually come in funny shapes, but they have a lot of appendages. Begin by disassembling any part that can come off. Separating each piece will give you the freedom of cleaning the brass better and reach seemingly hard to reach regions.

Cleaning piece by piece

Clean each disassembled piece carefully, and you might need to use snake pipes to clean through the tube-like structure of the brass family. Many parts of the instrument need to be properly cleaned to keep it in the best shape possible beyond visible areas.

You might need to wash off some parts with warm water. Always go for warm water that is not cold, and neither is it hot to prevent it from rusting.  Gently apply soap and water with any other needed kits to areas that need to be washed.

Drying and polishing

You should dry off your instrument as soon as you finish cleaning, and this will prevent water from causing damage to the parts of the brass. Also, to maintain the bright color of the brass, you should make use of oil or lubricants in polishing the brass, which will retain the shiny property of the brass.


Most brass instruments go out of tune once they are disassembled. After cleaning, always work with a tuner in setting the instrument back to the correct pitch and note.


The brass musical instrument requires a lot of care when it comes to matters of maintenance. To keep it in the best state possible, you have to ensure routine cleaning depending on the usage level.