How to: Clean Remo Instruments

How to: Clean Remo Instruments (Drums, Melodic Instruments and Percussion)


This article is about cleaning, not disinfecting or sterilizing.

Here are important distinctions: 

Cleaning is the removal of foreign material (e.g., soil, and organic material) from objects and is normally accomplished using water with detergents or enzymatic products.

Sterilization describes a process that destroys or eliminates all forms of microbial life and is carried out in health-care facilities by physical or chemical methods. Steam under pressure, dry heat, EtO gas, hydrogen peroxide gas plasma, and liquid chemicals are the principal sterilizing agents used in health-care facilities. 

Disinfection describes a process that eliminates many or all pathogenic microorganisms, except bacterial spores, on inanimate objects. In health-care settings, objects usually are disinfected by liquid chemicals or wet pasteurization.

You will find the full article on the CDC website HERE 


Cleaning removes organic matter, salts, and visible soils. The physical action of scrubbing with detergents and rinsing with water removes substantial numbers of microorganisms. 



  • Household window cleaners and multi-surface cleaners are safe to use on both the drumhead and the finish. Do not use anything abrasive such as cleanser, steel wool or scrub pads. 
  •  Remove the drumhead and clean all surfaces inside and out that may not be touched by participants. If you can easily reach inside you can wipe these areas. If not you may use a spray cleaner.
  •  Wipe down all accessible surfaces with a dry cloth and allow the instruments to dry thoroughly before use.


Now it’s time to Play!


It's important to remember that our general collections of instruments can be cleaned but NOT disinfected or sanitized.   Only our Green and Clean line of drums can be disinfected/sanitized. 


Click the link below for more info on Remo's NEW* GREEN AND CLEAN ™ series of products. 

What makes Green and Clean different?  Green and Clean™ products are designed to withstand disinfection protocols in medical environments where infection control is a concern. The entire drum is designed for easy cleaning, with a hospital-grade disinfectant wipe or spray, without degrading the finish or sound quality. For more detailed information and video demonstrations click below. 


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