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Caring for your Instrument

Many starter packages come with cleaning products enclosed. Here are some general tips on caring for your musical instrument.

Strings
The rosin used on string bows can leave dust behind so after playing, you should wipe down the instrument to remove the rosin and also fingerprints from the body of the instrument. This should be enough for maintenance and you can use an ordinary household duster for this. Do not use generic cleaners on your instrument; in the case of marks or other stains, you can use a cloth with some soapy water, making sure you dry it straight away so the wood does not become wet.

Woodwind
Resin and metal instruments should just be wiped down with a duster or instrument care cloth to remove fingerprints and perspiration. You can use a silver cloth on the silverplated keys of instruments from time to time to maintain the shine. You should remove condensation from the inside using a pull through cloth or mop, there are various types of these for different instruments.

Wooden instruments will need occasional oiling with special oil. Mouthpieces should be cleaned regularly with brushes and soapy water if appropriate. Key oil should be used occasionally on the moving parts.

Brass
Instruments should just be wiped down with a duster or instrument care cloth to remove fingerprints and perspiration. Brass instruments have a water key to drain condensation from the inside, so this should be used regularly while playing. From time to time the instrument should be brushed through using a cleaning snake.

Brass instruments can be polished from time to time to maintain the shine and there are special products for this purpose. Mouthpieces should be cleaned regularlly with brushes and soapy water.

Guitars
Guitars should be cleaned with a duster from time time and marks can be removed with a damp cloth.