Leave It Out or Put It Away?

Put the flute away

Should I leave my flute out or put it away back in its case?

This is an easy one.

#1 answer: Put it away.

It's so sad to see the shiny go away.

Our flutes gets so tarnished when they are left out for long periods of time.  It’s so sad to see the shiny go away.  And it will if left out too many times over night.  If you like your shiny silver flute, it should live inside its protective case every single night of the year.

If you are practicing several times a day, you can possibly leave it in a safe place (away from the grasp of a small child’s hands) for an hour or two.  But, I warn you that if you don’t wipe the oils left on your flute from your fingers, it’ll get all yucky.  This increases the chances of your pretty shine turning into a dull shine, which turns into a brown/grey-ish tarnish.  Not my favorite.

Best answer here:  Clean it after each practice session and put it in its case.  It only takes like 6 seconds to open it and put it back together again.  You can spare 6 seconds to keep your flute in good condition, can’t you?

I thought so.


Any questions? Leave a comment below.

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  • Sandra Keddy

    Reply Reply July 16, 2013

    This always works!!!!!

  • Lawrence Fairbairn

    Reply Reply March 5, 2014

    I think it would be a good idea to get into the habit of cleaning your flute and putting it away safely each time, so that you do it automatically, ensuring that you have a clean, shiny flute in good working order.
    Which will save you a lot of time (and money) in the long run.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply March 14, 2014

      Yes, Lawrence you’re exactly right. If I had a nickel for each time I had to show someone how to clean and disassemble their flute correctly… (if it didn’t make a difference I probably wouldn’t have to bother with it so much… yet it does make a big difference to the life-span of a flute) Thanks for the comment. 🙂 Rebecca

  • Elaine RInne

    Reply Reply December 26, 2014

    Hi, what if you leave your flute out all day to practice when you have time. WOuld you put it away clean and put it away between each session. I do this on the weekends and maybe I should not be doing this?
    I clean it very well before I put away for the day.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply December 28, 2014

      Elaine, It is best to put it away between ALL of your practice sessions though. My vote is to have you put it away to keep it in good condition. …(but if you’re looking for another solution) if you practice multiple times per day you can use a flute stand with a silver tarnish-saver cloth on it. I ordered one from Amazon and then sewed it into a “flute sock”. I drape it over my flute between students because I am teaching so much. My flute has a hard time staying perfectly shiny because I teach so many hours per day. I’ll write this into an article or send out in your email series. ~ Rebecca

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