FAQs

Case Types & Seasoning

Can I use Boveda with an ABS plastic or fiberglass instrument case?

Yes! Nothing else to do, you’re good to go.

Got a wooden case?

Most wooden instrument cases are made of twice as much wood as the actual instruments they hold. We recommend seasoning your instrument case first for best results.

Here's how to season your wood case:

Place four (4) Boveda packs in your case and wait about 7-10 days. The moisture from the Boveda will absorb into the wood of your case and make your regular 49% RH Boveda packs last longer.

Got a soft case (hard/bag)?

Unlike a hard case, a soft instrument case or bag is made from materials that generally allow more air to pass through them. While Boveda will still provide humidity control in a soft case or bag, the increased airflow will reduce the lifespan of Boveda. So you’ll have to replace Boveda more often.

Should I leave my instrument case open or closed?

Always leave your case closed, with Boveda in it, whether or not your instrument is inside. This keeps dust and unwanted debris from getting in, as well as helping to mitigate moisture build-up.

Using Boveda

What is the Boveda pouch made of? Will it hurt my instrument?

Boveda's new leak-resistant holder is the elegant solution for easily placing and removing Boveda where they're most effective.

Made of a soft material similar to a polishing cloth that won't scratch your instrument, the holder not only makes placing the Boveda in the sound hole and near the neck / headstock incredibly simple, the holder also provides a measure of protection in the unlikely event of a Boveda leaking due to impact or puncture.

When or how often should I replace Boveda?

For Wooden Instruments, including Guitars

Initially, Boveda has some catch-up work to do, so your first Boveda won't last as long as subsequent ones. Boveda will solidify as they expire. When there aren’t many soft spots left, then you’ll want to replace them. Pronounced crystallization and hardening of the corners first is completely normal and a part of the usage process. You can expect two to six months of usage life depending on the case and external environment.

For Brass Instruments

Initially, Boveda has some catch-up work to do because brass instruments collect more moisture, so your first Boveda won't last as long as subsequent ones. Boveda HA (High Absorption) can expand to 65 grams and still keep its leak-proof seal. When Boveda looks puffed up to 150% of its original size, it’s time to replace Boveda.

Can I use Boveda with other humidification products?

Do not use Boveda with other humidification products such as silica. Instead of creating a new "average" RH, the moisture will merely transfer back and forth. They will fight against each other and reduce the efficiency of the Boveda.

How much Boveda do I need?

That depends on your instrument. Review the charts below:

Wood_Instruments_chart Brass_Instruments_chart
My instrument is moldy - is that dangerous?

Musicians can develop allergic pulmonary disease to specific fungi that collect over time in their instruments, according to an American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) study. Coughing and wheezing a lot? Could be the yuck thriving within your dark, moist instrument and its case. Here's what to do:

  1. Get your instrument professionally cleaned.
  2. Clean moisture out of your brass instrument and dry it off after each playing session and sanitize your mouthpiece weekly.
  3. Store your instrument with Boveda in a closed case to mitigate moisture buildup.