Originally Posted by wolfmoon
Cover them with a sheet when you aren't playing them. This will cut down on how often you have to clean them that is if you do not take them outside of your home. I use Turtle Wax detailing spray on everything with a cotton rag for cleaning.
Yes, covering the kit up when you're not playing it is a good idea, especially if it's in a dirty old basement, like mine is! Steel wool works great for cleaning light rust and dirt from chrome parts like lugs and hoops; I once restored an entire kit with it. Make sure you get grade "0000", which is the least abrasive.