How to Clean a Bongo Drum Skin

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Things You'll Need

  • Cotton cloth
  • Spray bottle
  • Water

Bongo drums provide a steady, earthy beat to any song. Whether played alone or in conjunction with other instruments, percussion instruments such as the bongos create a natural sound that is pleasing to the ear. However, with constant contact to the head of the bongo when playing, the skin eventually becomes dirty. Clean a bongo drum skin with simple items from the home to keep the skin in good condition.

Remove large particles from the skin by hand from the surface. Dust off the skin of the drum with a dry cloth to remove dust and prepare the skin for cleaning.

Fill one-fourth of a spray bottle with water. Lay a clean cotton cloth onto a clean surface and spray the water onto the cloth in a sweeping motion to lightly dampen it.

Carefully clean the skin’s surface with the damp side of the cloth. Avoid using a wet cloth to prevent damaging the skin. Dry the surface of the skin with a dry cotton cloth after cleaning.

Clean the shell of the bongo drum with the damp cloth to remove dust from the surface. Store the drum in a dry and dark area of the home to preserve the skin.


  • Keep bongo drums away from sunlight and humid temperatures to prevent damaging the skin.