Mike, I'm glad something worked for you; it really would "be of vacuumous characteristic" to have that pretty gold all stained. I just wash/rinse mine off with dish detergent and that seems to work fine. Generally I'll "give 'er" a bath about every 3 months or so and that seems to be OK. I AM kind of surprised because I have been known to park a beer beside the stand when I'm practicing! For some strange reason the can is generally empty about the time I run out of desire to practice!