Clarinet Care & Maintenance
Assembly
Grease tenon corks with cork grease before assembly so that they work freely. Dry, tight corks may cause bent keys or broken tenons during assembly. Grasp the upper joint with the left hand near the bottom so that fingers will depress the ring keys raising the bridge key. Grasp the lower joint near the top, but don't depress the ring keys. Push the two joints together with a slight twisting motion and line up the upper and lower bridge keys. Grasp the lower joint near the bottom and attach the bell. Attach the barrel to the top joint in a similar manner. Remove the ligature and reed from the mouthpiece before inserting mouthpiece into the barrel.

Daily Cleaning
The inside of the clarinet should be cleaned after playing. A small soft rag (about the size of a handkerchief) should be used to clean the inside of the mouthpiece. Pull a swab through each of the other sections of the clarinet to remove moisture. Additional protection for the pads may be had by the purchase of a pad saver. The pad saver is not a cleaning device, but is placed inside the body of the clarinet when not in use to absorb moisture and keep it from getting to the pads.
Note: Chewing gum, soft drinks, and other foods containing sugar are very harmful to clarinet pads. Avoid these things whenever possible before playing or rinse your mouth thoroughly before playing the instrument.

Periodic Maintenance
Regular maintenance of the clarinet will go a long way toward avoiding unnecessary repair bills.
RECOMMENDED ACCESSORY ITEMS: Swab, cleaning/dusting brush, cork grease, key oil, polishing cloth, bore oil (for wooden clarinets only) OPTIONAL: Mouthpiece brush, pad treatment product such as "no-stick."

ONCE A MONTH (or as needed): Thoroughly polish the keys of the clarinet with a treated polishing cloth. Commercial liquid, powder or paste polishes should be avoided, as they can easily get into the mechanisms and pads of the instrument. Remove greasy substance inside exposed tone holes with cleaning brush. Tone holes covered by keys will not accumulate this substance.

EVERY 3 MONTHS: Oil all mechanisms on the clarinet using key oil and a needle. Before oiling, use the cleaning and dusting brushes to remove as much dust and dirt as possible from under the key mechanisms on the clarinet. Then put several drops of key oil into the cap of the key oil bottle or other suitable container. Starting at the top of the clarinet and working down, put one drop of oil into the space at the end of each key rod and between all moveable keys that share the same rod using the needle dipped into the key oil. Key rods are attached to posts, each of which has a ball shaped top. Put the oil into the slit next to each post. Work the keys vigorously to circulate the oil, then wipe off any excess oil from the body and keys of the clarinet.

WOODEN CLARINETS ONLY: Using a second swab (for this purpose only), place several drops of bore oil on the swab and run it through all sections of the clarinet several times. This should be done twice a year (Spring and Fall) to prevent cracking of the clarinet. Avoid using more oil than is necessary to very lightly coat the inside of the bore.
NEVER:
* Run water through the clarinet or submerse it in water.
* Use hot water to clean the mouthpiece.
* Use materials, oils, or other products not specifically designed for use in clarinet maintenance.