How to Care for Your Drum Kit

We have put together this drum kit care guide to help you look after your instrument. Follow these five simple steps to help maintain the health of your drum kit.

1. Keep It Clean

One of the best ways to maintain your drum kit is to keep it clean. Take some time, after playing, to wipe your drum kit clean of any dirt, fingerprints, or moisture that may have got to it during use. Make sure to also wipe down the hardware.

The cymbals of a drum kit are made from metal with a clear coating. Whilst there are people that say cleaning your cymbals too much or even at all can ruin their tone we do recommend cleaning them after use to remove any dirt or fingerprints that can wear the coating over time. When your cymbals are at their newest they can be cleaned easily with just a dry cloth after use. As your cymbals age you may want to introduce a cymbal polish into your cleaning routine. This will help to keep your cymbals clean and maintain their tonal quality. When cleaning the cymbals you should aim to bring them back to their original shine, however we would always recommend following the individual manufacturers guides. When cleaning your cymbals you should also be aware of the tone grooves, you can risk flattening these grooves if you over polish them which will have effect on their tone.

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2. Check the Temperature and Humidity

Temperature and humidity can both have an effect on your drum kit. Ideally you should keep your drums in a place with stable temperature and humidity. Do not store your drums in places such as a car boot or near direct heat as this can cause the wood to warp or crack. Be sure to keep an eye on the humidity, too dry and the drum skins could dry out and crack, too damp and it could cause the wood to swell.

3. Replace When Necessary

Over time parts of your drum kit will wear with use and need to be replaced. As the drum heads wear they may dent, crack or have bumps and their tone will noticeably change. When this happens you should look to get them changed. This can easily be done yourself at home, however we do recommend getting a professional to show you how if it is your first time. Drummers that play regularly may find that their drum heads need to be changed roughly every six months.

The snare can also wear over time and should be changed if the strands detach or become misshapen. If playing regularly you may find you need to change your snare as often as you change your drum skins. You may also find parts of the hardware such as the lugs and cymbal sleeves need to be changed overtime too.

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4. Deep Clean 

If you feel confident to, we recommend giving your drum kit a deep clean once a year. If you're wiping your drums down regularly after use you may find you don't have the much work to do. Take some time to take apart, clean, and inspect each part of the drum kit - repairing and replacing parts where necessary. There are a number of good drum cleaning kits available that you can use. 

5. Get It Fixed 

Over time you may find that your cymbals crack due to use. If this happens we recommend taking them to a professional to get repaired. If you are ever concerned that your drums are damaged or not playing properly rather than guess or use home remedies take them to a professional to be inspected.

For peace of mind in the long term look to get your drums insured against any damage that could occur.

Top Tips: 
  • Wipe down after use 
  • Keep away from direct heat and in a stable humidity
  • Replace worn drum heads, snares and hardware when necessary
  • Get any damage fixed by a professional 
  • Insure your drum kit

If you have any questions or need any help let us know in the comments! 

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