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How do I clean my spinning reel?

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Basic Cleaning & Maintenance
Periodically, the spool should be removed and gently rinsed with fresh water, along with the rest of the reel.  Then, dry with a soft cloth and use a few drops of light oil to lubricate the line roller, ball hinge springs, crank handle knobs and shaft, beneath the Anti-Reverse selector switch, and where the center shaft exits the top of the reel.

Detailed Cleaning & Maintenance
Remove the handle, spool, rotor, side plate and crank gear, use a small brush (paint brush or toothbrush) to clean exposed parts with water and a mild detergent (such as dish washing liquid).  Dry with a soft cloth then apply lubricant as suggested in the spinning lubrication section.  If you are uncomfortable with a more detailed cleaning, contact one of our authorized Zebco Brands Service Centers.

Saltwater Cleaning & Maintenance
After each saltwater fishing trip, remove the spool and soak in fresh water, thoroughly rinse the reel body with a light spray of fresh water.  Thorough cleaning after each saltwater trip is very important to the life and dependability of your reel.  The reason for this is that every time saltwater gets on the reel and dries, it leaves a microscopic coating of "crystalline" salt residue.  This salt coating will not only attack the components in the reel but will create the same wearing and/or binding effect as sand or dirt.