Hello Everyone! Today I want to explain the proper way to clean a flute and maintain it for a long time.
It is very important to have a case that latches well and has a hard surface. There are flute bags available but please use a hard case and put that case in the flute bag for added protection.
You must have a cleaning rod. The rod can be made of metal or wood.
You will also need a flute swab. This can be a piece of cotton cut out of any garment or you can buy one at our local instrument stores like Keifers or Meyer Music.
How to clean
The cleaning rod has a small eye opening and this is where you will put a small corner of cloth through and pull gently. Wrap the cloth over the end of the rod to protect the inside from getting any scratches. Push the rod into the head joint opening and twist to dry off the entire inside. You will do this with the finger joint and the foot joint as well. Place the instrument back in the case and secure it completely. It is important not to store your cleaning cloth in the case but in a different location. Left in the case, it is bound to bend keys and make your flute unplayable.
Keep your case in a cool dry location when not in use. When taking your instrument home, do not leave it in cars or outside as it will break down the pads of the flute. Another important rule. Never give your flute a bath. Although your instrument is mainly made of brass, it is imperative that it is never left to get wet. If you are in marching band, be aware when it rains, to hide it under your raincoat when not in use and when you can, dry completely before putting it back in the case.
For a detailed video of how to clean your flute, click here