Asked by: Margarita Reyna
Storing Your Flute The best and safest place to store your flute is in its case. If you have to leave it out your next best option is to leave it on a flute stand away from pets, children, food and excessive moisture. If you do need to leave your flute out and don’t have a stand, avoid leaving it on a bed or chair.
Can I leave my flute assembled?
If you like your shiny silver flute, it should live inside its protective case every single night of the year. If you are practicing several times a day, you can possibly leave it in a safe place (away from the grasp of a small child’s hands) for an hour or two.
How do you clean a flute that hasn’t been used in years?
And what we're doing is putting a little sponge here and kind of rubbing it on a little bit until we get the luster to come back and some of the tarnish to come off.
How do you keep a flute from tarnishing?
Use silver saver paper
Silver saver paper will naturally absorb hydrogen sulfide, preventing your flute from getting tarnished in the first place. All you have to do is leave the paper in your flute case; you don’t have to use it to wipe the flute down or anything like that.
How do you take care of a flute?
There are some recommendations to avoid sticky pads issues try not to use any sugary drinks of foods before playing rinse your mouth out with water before start playing on the instrument.
How often should a flute be serviced?
once a year
Q: How often should my flute be serviced? A: We recommend getting your flute serviced (also known as a “clean-oil-adjust” or “COA” or annual maintenance) once a year assuming normal use (how much it is played) and care (environment, and if you clean it each time you play it).
How often should I oil flute?
Oiling the instrument should be done three to four times during the first month, and once a month after that However, if the bore or the ends of the tenons look dry then don’t hesitate to oil the flute on a more regular basis.
What happens if you don’t clean your flute?
Furthermore, not cleaning your flute can also lead to bacterial growth and water damage which can make you ill and also lead to more rusting likewise. The vapor inside your breath is home to countless bacteria as well as water that can damage your instrument and warp it over time as well.
Why is the inside of my flute turning green?
A good polish would probably remove the green, but at risk to other parts of the flute. There shouldn’t be anything particularly dangerous about your daughter playing it (especially if it’s for the short-term), as the green is probably just oxidation (like the black tarnish that develops on Silver).
Can you play a tarnished flute?
There will be no sound change from a tarnished flute. If it is corroded, you may have a problem. It is more likely that corrosion in the key mechanisms would impede your playing. My beginner flute doesn’t have a lot of silver left (it flaked off after a while) but it still plays ok for its quality.
How long should flute pads last?
Flute pads typically last 3-6 years, depending on how often you do the maintenance. Make sure to keep your flute clean and dirt-free, and don’t forget to do yearly maintenance to improve the life of your flute pads and flute. This will save you future costs on repadding your flute.
Do flutes need cork grease?
Since the joints of the flute are made of fitted metal, never put cork grease or any other kind of grease on them.
What to use to clean the inside of a flute?
To sum it all up, cleaning your flute is typically best done with anti-tarnish silver polish and rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. You can also use soap and water but in small amounts so as to not destroy the pads or the headjoint cork either. While Windex isn’t necessarily harmful, it also isn’t recommended.
Can I use alcohol wipes to clean my flute?
To disinfect a flute, use a rubbing alcohol wipe to gently wipe the surface of the lip plate. Use a dry polish cloth to wipe down the surface of the keys.
Can you use alcohol wipes on flutes?
Using a cotton swab saturated with denatured, isopropyl alcohol, carefully clean around the embouchure hole. Alcohol wipes can be used on the flute’s lip plate to kill germs if the flute shared by several players. Using a soft, lint-free silk cloth inserted into the cleaning rod, clean the inside of the headjoint.
Can I put alcohol on my flute?
Never use silver polish or any other cleaner on your flute. To clean your flute use “saliva” or rubbing alcohol on your cloth. To keep pads clean, don’t eat candy or chew gum before playing and never while playing.
Why are there black spots on my flute?
This discoloration on the flute is silver sulfide, a product of the silver on the surface of the flute combining with sulfur components in the air.
Can you use soap and water on flute?
Can you wash a flute with soap and water? The answer is yes; you can use soap and water as a cleaning solution. It should be noted, though, that this is not the ideal option. The key to using soap and water as a cleanser is to apply it in moderation and to avoid getting water on the cork and pads.