It’s a well-known fact that woodwind (and brass) instruments are a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew and yeast. Incidents of players getting sick from their own instruments and particularly from sharing school instruments are well documented.

But did you know that microfiber, like the kind we use in all of our HW Pad-Saver® products, is one of the most effective materials for removing germs from your instrument? According to a 2012 study by the University of Arkansas*, microfiber proved to be one of the best materials at removing infectious and irritating microbes from surfaces. And when you use microfiber with a light antimicrobial spray, you’re not only removing germs, but you’re also killing them in the process.

That’s why we at HW Products are proud to announce our latest product, the HW Play-It-Safe™ kit. This kit contains a strong yet non-toxic anti-microbial spray along with a microfiber applicator. After playing, apply a light spray to the applicator and swab germs right out of your instrument. Then go back in and finish de-moisturizing your instrument as you normally do. The kit works for flutes, clarinets, piccolos, saxophone upper stacks, mouthpieces, and sax necks – even bari sax. The HW Play-It-Safe™ kit comes in a handy resealable package so you can carry it with you in your case or gig bag. The applicator is completely washable; after a couple of uses, simply run it under the faucet with some mild dish soap, rinse well, let it air dry, and it’s good to go.


* Removal and Transfer of Viruses on Food Contact surfaces by Cleaning Cloths
University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Department of Food Science, and Center for Food Safety, February 10, 2012
Kristen E. Gibson, Assistant Professor, Food Science
Philip G. Crandall and Steven C. Ricke


Microbial Contamination of Wind Instruments
International Journal of Environmental Health Research, May 11, 2011
Stuart B. Levy, Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Bonnie Marshall, research associate
Tufts University School of Medicine Contamination of Wind Instruments


Evaluation of the microbial flora found in woodwind and brass instruments and their potential to transmit diseases
General Dentistry, March/April 2011 (Academy of General Dentistry)
Thomas Glass, DDS PhD, RS Conrad, GA Kohler, JW Bullard

Wind-Instruments Lung: A Foul Note
CHEST, September 2010 (American College of Chest Physicians)
Yvon Cormier, MD, Professor of Medicine
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Trombone Player’s Lung: A Probable New Cause of Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis 
CHEST, September 2010 (American College of Chest Physicians)
Mark L. Metersky, MD, FCCP, University of Connecticut Health Center Microbiology Laboratory


For more information about various bacteria and molds that often grow inside of woodwind and brass instruments, read these articles: 

LA Times Article - March 2011

NPR - All Things Considered - September 2010


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