How does the HW Pad-Saver work?
It works the same way athletic clothing works. Special HW micro-fibers pull saliva away from any surface they touch, allowing it to dry on the HW Pad-Saver rather than on the instrument.
Why do I need to clean the inside of my horn?
Every time you blow into a wind instrument, saliva gets inside. (Some people think it’s just condensation, but trust us, it’s spit!) Saliva is corrosive, and over time, it will eat away at the bore, tone holes, and pads. In addition, spit is full of germs that collect inside your horn. Every time you take a breath with the mouthpiece near your face, you risk inhaling whatever is growing in there. Yuck! You really need to clean your horn every time you play. (To read more about the various bacteria and molds that have been found growing inside of woodwind and brass instruments, click on the links at the bottom of the page.)
Can I leave my HW Pad-Saver in my horn when I’m not playing?
Absolutely! This is how the HW Pad-Saver was designed to work, and this is how it works best. However, we understand that some musicians simply don’t want to leave anything inside their instruments, in which case we recommend using it as an efficient swab that won’t shed, bleed, or get stuck.
Can I wash my HW Pad-Saver?
Yes. Simply hand wash it with mild dish soap, rinse well, and let it air dry. You can wash your HW Pad-Saver as often as you think it needs it. And be sure to replace it once a year.