• Flute Care Instrument Instructions

Flute care and maintenance

Assembly of your flute requires patience and care to avoid damage to the keys. Consult your teacher before attempting assembly.

When not using your instrument, keep it in its case to help protect it and prevent possible damage. Never store anything in the case that can contact the keys like music or cleaning cloths. The added pressure can cause the keys to bend. Your flute should never be set on the floor, tabletop or music stand where it could roll off and become damaged. Do not expose it to extremes in temperature or store in direct sunlight or near heat sources. Avoid getting it wet.

 While playing, the inside of your flute collects moisture from warm air blown into it. This moisture must be removed daily to prevent damage and keep your instrument clean. After playing remove your head joint from the body, wipe it off with the treated polishing cloth and store it in your case. To clean the body,wrap the silk body swab around the flute-cleaning rod forming a small ball of material on the end that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the tubing of your flute. Carefully insert the swab-covered rod into the instrument and swab with a back and forth motion until the moisture has been removed. Remove oils and perspiration that can damage the finish of the keys by gently wiping the outside of your instrument with the treated polishing cloth.

To make holding your flute more comfortable and insure proper hand alignment, install the thumb positioner onto the tubing of your flute where your left thumb contacts the instrument. You may want to consult with your teacher regarding the exact placement.

The inside of the head joint should be cleaned weekly using the head joint swab to remove deposits and keep your instrument sanitary.Keep the tenons (the joints where the flute fits together) clean and oil and grease free. Clean with a lint free cloth and rubbing alcohol if the instrument is difficult to assemble.

Plan to have your instrument serviced on a yearly basis by a qualified repair technician. Early summer is a great time to do this. Annual maintenance will keep your instrument in optimal playing condition for years to come.