I love being the guy who creates “controversy”...so here is my controversial method of cymbal cleaning;
First off, I fill a one gallon container with Dawn dishwashing soap and warm water. Secondly, I grab my scrubbing “sponges” with the Non-Metallic scratch pad on one side and foam on the other side. Then I get my Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Take them Outside~.
Then I grab up my cymbals that Im going to clean and take them Outside.
Outside, where I do all this is right next to my outside faucet and i have a very short piece of garden hose - 18” long that I screw onto the faucet. I rinse off the cymbal Im going to clean, then put some Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner on the scratch pad side of my “Sponge”—Note that is “NON-METALLIC” so it doesnt remove any metal from the cymbal…and I proceed to scrub the entire cymbal, top side first and when Ive covered every inch of the cymbal, I immediately rinse off the Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner and then Wash it off with the Other Sponge…that one is just a foam type sponge. And I wash it thoroughly, then rinse it again really good. Then I do the back side of the cymbal…with Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner, then rinse with water, then wash it with soap and water, then rinse it again and then, I towel dry both sides of the cymbal. With a really dirty cymbal, it takes maybe 20 minutes to do both sides.
Once thats done, I take Collinite Insulator Wax and apply a thin coating on both sides of the cymbal and once it turns milky white, I wipe the wax off with a very soft towel.
NOTE: If you have the Logo’s on your cymbal and you want them to stay on ...lightly wipe the Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner over them with the soft foam side of the sponge and then immediately rinse, wash and rinse again. Then go back and finish the rest of the cymbal.
The last time I did this was 3 months ago and right now, my cymbals look as clean as they did the day I first cleaned them.
The Lysol cleaner will remove the tarnish, dirt, grime, green funk, magic marker ink, tape glue, lipstick, chewing gum and most anything else you might find on it. Immediately rinsing it, washing with warm soapy water and then rinsing again and then applying that Collinite Insulator Wax will keep dust, dirt, cigarette smoke tar and nicotine and dance floor wax from sticking to the cymbal.
Lots of polishes and waxes with shine them, but Ive never found another wax that prevents dust and cigarette smoke tar and nicotine and dance floor wax from sticking. Power companies ( the ones who produce electricity) use the Collinite Insulator Wax on the Glass Insulators and on the high tension electric wires that are attached to the Glass Insulators to prevent dust, dirt, bird droppings, acid rain and any other contaminate from sticking to either wire or insulator.
Dance Floor Wax will stick to anything on the bandstand…except my drum kit and cymbals and stands, because Ive waxed them all.