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Flute Cleaning

You don't actually clean a flute, you dry it by removing the moisture from the inside. The pads of a flute do not like moisture. Do this drying procedure after every time you play.


So, take a cloth, I use a J cloth that is made for the medical industry but it can be any cloth as long as its not to big or not too small.

I fold the cloth in half lengthwise and thread one of the edges through the hole in the cleaning rod.


Wrap the cloth over the top of the rod so that you get the cloth all the way in as far as the rod can reach.

Now wrap the cloth tight all the way down the rod and hold the cloth at the end of the rod in your RIGHT hand.
This way the cloth will never bunch up and get stuck in your instrument.


The most important part of the flute to dry is the headjoint because it gets the most wet. Push the rod all the way in, twisting it as you move it in and out.


If you play for a longer period then also dry the body of the flute by first inserting the cleaning rod from one side and then the other side.


Unravel the cloth, fold it in half and then in half again. Very neatly.


Now place it in the case on the headjoint side because there will be less keys on that side. You don't want to squish any keys.

Please don’t use any polish on your flute,
Never grease the joints