Cleaning Musical Instruments with BKF

Other than a brief stint playing the saxophone in high school, I must admit my musical instrument knowledge is quite limited.

Having said that, one thing I do know about instruments, namely brass instruments is how to clean them. That's where Bar Keepers Friend comes in.

Thanks to Bar Keepers Friend US

Note: The below recommendations are for non-painted and non-plated brass instruments only.

IMPORTANT: Before cleaning, always, ALWAYS test in a small hidden area first and follow instructions on label.

Here’s all you need

  • Powdered Cleanser for deep cleaning or Soft Liquid Cleanser for a quick shine
  • Soft sponge or cloth, no abrasives
  • A small container of water
  • A polishing cloth. I like my microfibre cloth

8 steps to cleaning your brass instrument 

  1. Wet the brass using a damp cloth or sponge
  2. Apply BKF Powdered Cleanser or Soft Liquid Cleanser to the sponge
  3. Apply to the brass instrument
  4. Let it sit for up to one minute
  5. Clean the surface using a soft sponge
  6. Rinse under water or using a wet cloth
  7. Use a soft dry towel to dry and polish
  8. Repeat as needed

Take a look at this amazing restoration! With a microfibre cloth, an old toothbrush, and a bit of BKF Cleanser mixed with water. Paul restored his childhood tuba, some 70+ years old!


Double Trio, Home Cleaning Kit


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The Double Trio includes:

  • 1 x Bar Keepers Friend Original Cleanser & Polish 340g
  • 1 x Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser 369g
  • 1 x Bar Keepers Friend MORE Spray & Foam 750ml
  • 1 x Scrub Daddy Original - Yellow
  • 1 x Scrub Daddy Colours - Random
  • 1 x Scrub Mommy (Dual Sided) - Pink


Cleaning Musical Instruments with BKF
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