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Clean your flute after each use.

The moisture that collects on the inside of your flute isn't "spit". It's condensation that forms when you play the moisture in your breath and in the surrounding air collects on the inside of your instrument.

After EVERY time you play you should clean out this condensation to prevent damage to the flutes mechanism.


Your flute will have come with a cleaning rod (such as this one), take some gauze cloth (like this one), and put one end through the rod and wrap the rest of the cloth around the rod.


Carefully pass your rod and gauze through the foot joint, and then the body joint. While passing apply a gentle twisting motion to the rod. This will remove the moisture from those points. Do not force the cleaner in. If it doesn't fit, rewind the gauze cloth around the rod, but slightly looser.


For the head joint, push the wrapped cleaning rod gently into the head joint. Do not force the cleaner in. If it doesn't fit, rewind the gauze cloth around the rod, but slightly looser.


If the outside of the instrument needs cleaning use a silver cloth (like this one) to gently remove any finger prints or other marks.


The links in this blog entry are examples only, and are not to be taken as recommendations.

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