Note: This is a sponsored post written by Darren Perkins of Red Drum Music Studios
Caring for your drums doesn’t have to entail a lot of work. Like all things we consider precious in our lives, all we need is to employ a little bit of understanding and appreciation of the value of maintaining a drum kit’s optimal functioning so we can truly enjoy the many benefits of playing the drums. There are many ways in which serious drummers take care of their gears. However, we have broken these down into simpler concepts to make it easier for you. Here are 5 ways to maintain your drum kit.
1. Regularly Clean Your Drums
Cleaning your drum kit is one of the best ways to help prolong its life, maintain its integrity, and ensure its optimum operating performance. To do this, you have to be very methodical in your approach in cleaning your drum kit.
Cleaning the shell is important as dirt and particulates can build up inside which can negatively impact its acoustic quality. As such, you need to clean it with nothing less than soft cotton fabric material. If you use any other material, this may scratch the shell’s surface leaving behind unsightly marks.
The same is true with the drum head. Soft cotton cloth should be used in the removal of dirt. If there is dust, a feather duster can be used. If you have marks or dirt that are quite stubborn, you can use a soft cotton cloth dampened with water, if the drum head is coated, or ammonia-free cleaner, if the head is made of clear plastic. Under no circumstances should you spray water or cleaner directly onto the drum head.
Cleaning the cymbals is a lot easier than with the drumhead and shell. Using a damp cloth, you can easily wipe off any dirt or marks off your cymbals. Just remember never to use any cleaner that contains very harsh chemicals. You can also try certain cleaners that are specifically designed for cymbals.
2. Replace the Drum Heads
It is inevitable that, after some time, your drum kit’s acoustic qualities will come to a point where it is no longer producing the kind of music that everyone loves to hear. In many cases, every beat on the drum heads has resulted in irritated ears. As such, it’s time to say goodbye to your drum head and replace it with a new one. You can actually replace the drum heads yourself. This gives you the chance to inspect the interior of your drums so you will know what actions you need to take next. However, if you don’t like the idea of DIY drum head replacement, a professional can do it for you.
3. Purchase the Correct Drum Kit Care Equipment
While ordinary water can be used as a general, all-purpose cleaner for your drum kit, sometimes you need special products that contain specially formulated ingredients for drums. These cleaners, waxes, and polishers help clean and protect your drum kit, further extending their lifespan for several more years. When you buy these products, they often include the right tools to help you get the job done.
4. Store Your Drum Kit Correctly
What’s the use of cleaning and maintaining your drum kit if you don’t know how to store it properly? Storing your drum kit in hard cases can significantly increase the lifespan of your musical instrument. This is especially true if you’re going on a trip and you’re going to bring your kit along with you. While drum bags may do, these don’t provide the kind of protection that hard cases afford.
5. Give Your Kit a Proper Tune-Up
Giving your drum kit a proper tune-up on a regular basis helps ensure that everything is in tune.
Once you have cleaned your drum kit and just before storing them, you might want to tune them up so they’re ready to go anytime you feel like creating some rhythm. This should be a routine every time you bring out your kit from its storage and before putting it back in.
Maintaining your drum kit in tip-top shape is easy. Regular cleaning with the right tools is a must and so is the replacement of different components when needed. Storing them and tuning them up rounds up the 5 ways to maintain your drum kit.