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    Got a nice set of Paiste PST-8, very brilliant finish. Not old or tarnished in anyway but can see starting to get a few light marks and dusty. Not really keen on using any sort of cream or anything harsh. What is the best way to give them a very light clean without tarnishing them in the future. I see vinegar suggested a bit, even lemon juice but not sure as both an acid. Warm soapy water would be enough if this is ok?

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    Have you tried Magic Eraser? If you only have some marks, that might do the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer View Post
    Have you tried Magic Eraser? If you only have some marks, that might do the trick.
    No marks yet as such. Just getting a bit of dust and finger mark. Loathe to put any professional creams or cleaners on them as I always seem to kill things with kindness lol. Last leather couch I had put expensive creams and preservers etc on it ended up making things worse. Prefer to just give them a little light periodic maintenance before they get tarnished or stained

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    I use a dry soft towel to "elbow grease" the fingerprints off. Everything else is just normal wear and tear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    I use a dry soft towel to "elbow grease" the fingerprints off. Everything else is just normal wear and tear.
    "Elbow Grease"... now there's a novel concept, lol.

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    Microfiber cloth, warm mild soapy water, elbow grease. Buff off excess liquid with another microfiber cloth until dry with an shiny lustre.

    ALWAYS microfiber cloth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer View Post
    "Elbow Grease"... now there's a novel concept, lol.
    Shoot. I meant Bacon Grease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    Shoot. I meant Bacon Grease.

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