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 Cleaning pads
Author: clarimad 
Date:   2019-04-04 20:35

I've a couple of clarinets that have grubby, or slightly dirty pads that do not require replacement but would benefit from a "clean" - any suggestions?

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 Re: Cleaning pads
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-04-04 20:52

Once the key is off, I just use a bit of Dawn dish soap and warm water on a paper towel to lightly rub the pad. Then just use some plain water on the paper towel to remove any soap residue and let dry.

That should work for virtually any material used to make the pad. If you have leather, you want to add a quick swipe with "Old English" furniture polish to keep the pad from drying out (and eventually cracking).

................Paul Aviles

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 Re: Cleaning pads
Author: bmcgar 2017
Date:   2019-04-05 07:36

Why risk messing up the pad covering and tone hole seating by trying to clean them?

If the "benefit" is only cosmetic, why would you want to take that chance?

"If it ain't broke...."


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 Re: Cleaning pads
Author: clarnibass 
Date:   2019-04-05 09:33

How would they benefit from cleaning? Is it just a darker colour etc. or are there actual chunks of stuff on them?

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 Re: Cleaning pads
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-04-05 13:56

Just speaking for myself and may not be the issue "clarimad" is having, but pads can develop a stickiness that makes them pop slightly opening the key. Also some "grit" can prevent the pad from sealing properly and a cleaning can solve that issue quite nicely.

I don't have a regular schedule for cleaning pads but every fourth of fifth oiling of keys I take off all the keys, and of those times every now and then I just clean off the pads as described. It doesn't hurt and can help them seal and perform better.

...............Paul Aviles

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