Cleaning your Trap/Gin

Traps should be cleaned to the minimal extent possible. The dust, dirt and loose surface rust should be removed in hot soapy water but the temptation to over clean using abrasive brushes should be avoided as irreparable damage may occur which would reduce the intrinsic value or collectability of the trap in an instant.

Some collectors remove all of the oxidised coating of the old trap with chemicals but for most this removes the patina and character of the trap, and in my opinion ruins the look of the trap. Remember ~ what is removed cannot be put back; it is far better to leave the trap as it was found than to over clean it