Menchey Instrument
Repair Standards

All instruments that have been serviced by the Menchey Music repair department are professionally adjusted, cleaned, and sanitized using an EPA approved disinfectant.  This includes all instruments available for rental and all completed instrument repairs.

Here is the specific process used to clean and sanitize each instrument.

Woodwind Instruments

Flute Sanitation Process

Woman cleaning violin and removing rosin after playing her instrument
  1. The flute head joint is cleaned with an EPA approved disinfectant and left to air-dry for the duration of the instrument repair or a minimum of 5 minutes. Once the repair is completed the items are rinsed, dried, and sealed in plastic.
  2. The bore of the remaining 2 sections of the flute is sanitized with a push through swab coated in an EPA approved disinfectant and then cleaned again with a dry push through swab.
  3. The exterior surface of the flute is finally cleaned with a cloth sprayed in an EPA approved disinfectant, then cleaned with a dry cotton cloth before being returned to its case.  See case cleaning below.

Clarinet Sanitation Process

  1. The mouthpiece, ligature and mouthpiece cap if provided are submerged in an EPA approved disinfectant for the duration of the instrument repair or a minimum of 5 minutes. Once the repair is completed the items are rinsed, dried, and sealed in plastic.
  2. The bore of the remaining 4 sections of the clarinet is sanitized with a pull through swab coated in an EPA approved disinfectant and then cleaned again with a dry pull through swab.
  3. The exterior surface of the clarinet is finally cleaned with a cloth sprayed in an EPA approved disinfectant, then cleaned with a dry cotton cloth before being returned to its case.  See case cleaning below.

Saxophone Sanitation Process

  1. The mouthpiece, ligature, mouthpiece cap and end cap if provided are submerged in an EPA approved disinfectant for the duration of the instrument repair or a minimum of 5 minutes. Once the repair is completed the items are rinsed, dried, and sealed in plastic.
  2. The bore of saxophone neck is sanitized with a push through saxophone swab coated in an EPA approved disinfectant, then cleaned again with a dry push through swab.
  3. The bore of the saxophone is sanitized with a pull through swab coated in an EPA approved disinfectant, then cleaned again with a dry pull through swab.
  4. The exterior surface of the saxophone is finally cleaned with a cloth sprayed in an EPA approved disinfectant, then cleaned with a dry cotton cloth before being returned to its case.  See case cleaning below.

Brass Instruments

Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, & Tuba Sanitation Process

  1. The mouthpiece if provided is submerged in an EPA approved disinfectant for the duration of the instrument repair or a minimum of 5 minutes. Once the repair is completed this item is rinsed, dried, and sealed in plastic.
  2. An optional ultra-sonic cleaning may be added to sanitize the interior bore of the instrument when requested or recommended.
  3. The exterior surface of the horn is cleaned with a cloth sprayed in an EPA approved disinfectant, then cleaned with a dry cotton cloth before being returned to its case.  See case cleaning below.

Percussion Instruments

Keyboard Percussion and Drum Kit Sanitation Process

  1. All components of the percussion kit’s exterior surfaces, including sticks and mallets, are cleaned with a cloth sprayed in an EPA approved disinfectant then cleaned again with a clean dry cotton cloth before being returned to its case.  See case cleaning below.

String Instruments

Violin, Viola, Cello, & Bass

  1. The string instrument and bow are thoroughly cleaned with a cloth sprayed in an EPA approved disinfectant then cleaned again with a clean dry cotton cloth before being returned to their case.  See case cleaning below.

All Instrument Cases

  1. The exterior of the instrument case is cleaned with a cloth sprayed in an EPA approved disinfectant then cleaned again with a dry cotton cloth. Soft canvas style cases will be sprayed with an EPA approved disinfectant and  then dried with a clean cotton cloth.
  2. The interior of the case is sprayed with an EPA approved disinfectant and left to sit for the duration of the instrument’s service period.  The case is thoroughly vacuumed before returning the completed serviced instrument to its case.

Note:  Any personal belongings, including reeds, that are submitted with a repair will be returned in a sealed bag along with the completed repair.  Menchey issued string instrument cleaning cloths will be replaced at the time of service. 

All instruments that have been serviced by the Menchey Music repair department are professionally adjusted, cleaned, and sanitized using an EPA approved disinfectant.  This includes all instruments available for rental and all completed instrument repairs.

Here is the specific process used to clean and sanitize each instrument.

Woman cleaning violin and removing rosin after playing her instrument

Woodwind Instruments

Flute Sanitation Process

  1. The flute head joint is cleaned with an EPA approved disinfectant and left to air-dry for the duration of the instrument repair or a minimum of 5 minutes. Once the repair is completed the items are rinsed, dried, and sealed in plastic.
  2. The bore of the remaining 2 sections of the flute is sanitized with a push through swab coated in an EPA approved disinfectant and then cleaned again with a dry push through swab.
  3. The exterior surface of the flute is finally cleaned with a cloth sprayed in an EPA approved disinfectant, then cleaned with a dry cotton cloth before being returned to its case.  See case cleaning below.

Clarinet Sanitation Process

  1. The mouthpiece, ligature and mouthpiece cap if provided are submerged in an EPA approved disinfectant for the duration of the instrument repair or a minimum of 5 minutes. Once the repair is completed the items are rinsed, dried, and sealed in plastic.
  2. The bore of the remaining 4 sections of the clarinet is sanitized with a pull through swab coated in an EPA approved disinfectant and then cleaned again with a dry pull through swab.
  3. The exterior surface of the clarinet is finally cleaned with a cloth sprayed in an EPA approved disinfectant, then cleaned with a dry cotton cloth before being returned to its case.  See case cleaning below.

Saxophone Sanitation Process

  1. The mouthpiece, ligature, mouthpiece cap and end cap if provided are submerged in an EPA approved disinfectant for the duration of the instrument repair or a minimum of 5 minutes. Once the repair is completed the items are rinsed, dried, and sealed in plastic.
  2. The bore of saxophone neck is sanitized with a push through saxophone swab coated in an EPA approved disinfectant, then cleaned again with a dry push through swab.
  3. The bore of the saxophone is sanitized with a pull through swab coated in an EPA approved disinfectant, then cleaned again with a dry pull through swab.
  4. The exterior surface of the saxophone is finally cleaned with a cloth sprayed in an EPA approved disinfectant, then cleaned with a dry cotton cloth before being returned to its case.  See case cleaning below.

Brass Instruments

Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, & Tuba Sanitation Process

  1. The mouthpiece if provided is submerged in an EPA approved disinfectant for the duration of the instrument repair or a minimum of 5 minutes. Once the repair is completed this item is rinsed, dried, and sealed in plastic.
  2. An optional ultra-sonic cleaning may be added to sanitize the interior bore of the instrument when requested or recommended.
  3. The exterior surface of the horn is cleaned with a cloth sprayed in an EPA approved disinfectant, then cleaned with a dry cotton cloth before being returned to its case.  See case cleaning below.

Percussion Instruments

Keyboard Percussion and Drum Kit Sanitation Process

  1. All components of the percussion kit’s exterior surfaces, including sticks and mallets, are cleaned with a cloth sprayed in an EPA approved disinfectant then cleaned again with a clean dry cotton cloth before being returned to its case.  See case cleaning below.

String Instruments

Violin, Viola, Cello, & Bass

  1. The string instrument and bow are thoroughly cleaned with a cloth sprayed in an EPA approved disinfectant then cleaned again with a clean dry cotton cloth before being returned to their case.  See case cleaning below.

All Instrument Cases

  1. The exterior of the instrument case is cleaned with a cloth sprayed in an EPA approved disinfectant then cleaned again with a dry cotton cloth. Soft canvas style cases will be sprayed with an EPA approved disinfectant and  then dried with a clean cotton cloth.
  2. The interior of the case is sprayed with an EPA approved disinfectant and left to sit for the duration of the instrument’s service period.  The case is thoroughly vacuumed before returning the completed serviced instrument to its case.

Note:  Any personal belongings, including reeds, that are submitted with a repair will be returned in a sealed bag along with the completed repair.  Menchey issued string instrument cleaning cloths will be replaced at the time of service.