Flute cloths And the winner is….
This is just a total “teaser” to this article about “The Grossest Flute Cleaning Cloth I Have EVER Seen”.
Here’s the story:
I have a new flute student I’ve been working with for a few weeks, and I’ve been talking to her about the condition of her flute and how to get it (and keep it) in great playing shape. As many people find out after it’s too late, it’s no fun to play a flute that won’t play for you. I asked her if I could please watch her clean her flute. She proceeded to pull out of her bag a cloth that was literally rusted to her cleaning/tuning rod.
Here’s the picture (above) so I can prove it really happened:
(photo not re-touched for added grossness)
I think I could really end this article here while you work on “smell-o-vision”, but I guess I’ll continue so you can learn.
Take a good look at what you’re cleaning your flute with this week
After we play our flutes for a few minutes it starts “raining” inside our flute. This “rain” is full of all things impure in our saliva including the syrup from your waffles this morning.
When we finish practicing or performing we’ll need to run a cloth (un-gross like this one) through our flute to remove as much of the residue left from our rain-spit.
This will leave our flute a much better chance at living a full life. The mechanism and pads will thank you, and so do I. 🙂
Take a good look at what you’re cleaning your flute with this week, and order a new cloth if needed.
Here’s a link for ya- they’ll mail it right to your door: Silk Flute Cleaning Cloth
If the flute cloth and rod you own already are in decent condition, wash it in the sink by hand with a soap that won’t leave conditioners on your cloth. Let it air dry and feel happy.