Re: Are house hold ideas safe to clean with?
I use a recomended cleaning solution that I found on a website years ago that has worked wonders on any metal part of my set, cymbals included. Bar Keepers Friend, liquid dish soap and water made into a thin paste. I just use a soft clothe to put it on (old tee-shirt works great), then use a little heavier clothe (old sweat shirt), to polish it off. It has worked great for me, keeps the chrome looking great, and does well on stick marks and fingerprints on cymbals.
Just one of a thousand different ways that something can be cleaned. I never use any type of multi-purpose cleaner or glass cleaner. Leaves a film, and if it has ammonia, can actually cause damage to finishes and wraps. And I never use spray furniture polish,(Lemon Pledge is one type), because I worked for a fine furniture company and they NEVER recommended its use due to the fact that it can cause an actual breakdown of a wood finish over time. I can't prove it, I just figure better safe than sorry
There is no really easy way to clean, it's going to take a bit of elbow bending to get it done right, but in the long run, what ever you do, it's always well worth it.
"You can never legislate stupidity, because there is no power in this world that can prevent it."-My Dad after watching his golf partner trying to hit a ball through a grove of trees.