Re: Woodwind Mouthpiece
Posted by WW guy on 7/4/2018, 7:24 pm, in reply to "Re: Woodwind Mouthpiece"
Heat can cause hard rubber to warp, rendering the mouthpiece useless or at least in need of refacing. |
So definitely no boiling water or dishwasher. I don't clean my mouthpieces in anything warmer than tepid water.
If it's just basic cleaning, water, liquid soap, and a mouthpiece brush will do it. But if crud and calcium deposits are built up on it, try this:
Take a drinking glass. Create a mixture of half water and half white vinegar. Put mouthpiece in for 20 minutes. If it's a clarinet mouthpiece, don't submerge the cork. The diluted vinegar is a mild acid that will eat through a lot of the crud. Run mouthpiece under tepid water and use a mouthpiece brush to scrub the inside. If deposits still remain, return to the vinegar mix for 5-10 minutes and try again.
This may initially discolor the mouthpiece to green or brown. Rubbing a little olive oil on it should bring back the color.
Soap and warm water. I'll also use a soft toothbrush to scrub if need be.
Some people suggest boiling water, but I'm hesitant to cause the hard rubber to change.
What are the best ways to clean woodwind mouthpieces?