For those who play brass instruments such as bugles, it is important to care for and maintain the instrument. Doing so will ensure that the instrument lasts for a long time without any damage that could prevent the instrument from looking and sounding its best. Bugle care (or any brass instrument care) is very easy and quick and can pay off in the long run.
To prevent hazardous build-up and eventual decay of a bugle or any brass instrument, do not eat or drink anything except for water before playing the instrument.
Wipe down the inside and the outside of the bugle after use with a soft, clean cloth to remove any saliva build-up that may have accumulated.
Clean your bugle regularly with warm water and soap or a brass cleaner and a soft cloth. Take the bugle apart and lay the pieces on a soft, thick towel during the cleaning process. Dry the bugle thoroughly after cleaning.
Put the bugle away in it's case when not in use. This will prevent dust build-up and environmental damage of the bugle.