Been there and done that. All of the above work. I have also used WD-40. with the water off, spray some on the ball and then open and close it. I have also taken a small piece of sticky back velcro and stuck it on a finger of a rubber glove and used that to try and clean the seal and as much of the edges of the ball as I could.
Dick and Peggy Hicks
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