Cleaning and care of your instrument when using a Leather Specialties Guard
It is crucially important that you clean every part of the instrument that will be covered by your guard. An unclean surface could result in the development of a black composite of tarnish, body oil, and dirt that will appear when you remove the guard. Mixing dirt and oil with sulfur in the air results in tarnish, and the moist, warm air held close to the metal by the guard during routine practice and performance and create the perfect environment for these accumulations.
Lacquered instruments are relatively low-maintenance, and need only to be cleaned and thoroughly dried before you apply the guard. Unlacquered brass should be prepped and cleaned with Flitz or Wright’s brass polish. We recommend that silver plated or gold plated instruments be treated with either Weiman Silver wipes, or Wright’s Silver polish. These products will seal the finish, making it more resistant too tarnish. Repeat this treatment regularly as needed to keep your instrument in top condition.