For many, musical instruments are a big source of joy and passion – and are cared for in kind. But even if they're not being played, instruments require special attention and care, especially when they're placed in storage.
- Clean and polish the instrument using the appropriate cleaning product – oil and alcohol should never be used on wooden instruments, and musical cleaning
cloths should be used instead of regular, household ones.
- Disassemble where appropriate. This means removing reeds, mouthpieces and straps; relaxing strings and drum skins; and disassembling any other part
of the instrument that would otherwise be under pressure.
- Cover the instrument with clean cotton sheeting or acid-free tissue paper and place in its appropriate case. For extra protection against humidity,
put the case inside a secure polythene bag.
- For large instruments such as pianos, cover the body and legs of the instrument with a large cloth to protect it from dust.