Whether you are a musician or have inherited an instrument from a loved one, if you have to store your instrument, it is important to properly do so. An instrument that is not properly prepared can rust, suffer wood damage, and a number of other problems. Here are some tips to ensure that your instrument is correctly stored.
Lease a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit
Drastic changes in the weather can have a damaging impact on your musical instrument while it is stored. A moisture build-up in the instrument can create an environment for mold or mildew to grow. Your instrument could also warp as it expands in sweltering heat and then shrinks when it cools down.
To avoid this, opt for a climate-controlled unit instead. In this type of unit, the temperature stays consistent. As a result, the humidity levels are low and moisture does not build up in your instrument.
Disassemble the Instrument
If possible, disassemble the instrument before placing it in storage. For instance, if you have a stringed instrument, you can remove the strings. If you have a brass instrument, remove the mouthpiece or reed.
When you disassemble the instrument, it is easier to clean it before storing it. You also have the added benefit of being able to protectively wrap each part to save it from damage.
Clean the Instrument
Dust can be an enemy to your instrument's finish. When you are consistently using your instrument, dust does not have a chance to collect on it in the same manner as it does in storage. Although you cannot keep the dust completely off your instrument, you can clean and protect the finish.
For instance, if you are storing a wooden instrument, wipe it with a lint-free cloth and then condition it with a wax paste. The paste protects the finish and helps make it easier to clean the instrument when you remove it from storage.
If you have a brass instrument, you can help keep the finish from dulling by polishing it before storing it. Use an instrument cleaning brush to clean the interior and then polish it with brass wax.
After cleaning your instrument, make sure you store it in its original case before placing it in your unit. The case is designed to protect your instrument.
Taking the time to prepare your instrument for storage helps to ensure that it is in good condition when you remove it. If you're looking for a storage facility in your area, visit Carolina Self Storage.Share
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