The Best Way to Clean Your Guitar Easily

By Pete Morris

Most guitar players plan to take care of their guitars and maintain them, allowing them to be played for a long time. One of the major ways that almost any guitarist can take good care of his guitar would be to clean it frequently. The only problem is many guitarists don't figure out how to clean and maintain their guitars. In this post, I'm going to tell you the right way to clean your guitar and which cleaning products are safe to use.

I know what you're thinking. Big deal, cleaning my guitar won't make it last a lot longer. This is just plain completely wrong. Polishing a guitar won't just help it last longer; it will also eliminate future guitar repairs. Whenever you polish your guitar on a regular basis, you usually look at it more in detail and recognize more things such as if it is dried out or too humidified or in need of adjustment. Most of these early warning signs may eliminate harm and prevent future guitar repairs.

Alright, enough about the warnings. Let's start cleaning. There are many of unique polishing products available for guitars and the majority appear to be very good. In spite of this, there is no need to purchase over priced polishing products just because they are "made for guitars." Some common furniture products work fine. I really like to use a mixture of cleaning products to clean my guitars along with my customers' guitars arrive in for guitar repairs. Here's a few things I like to do.

Tips on how to polish your electric guitar body

Many guitars have glossy finish. This can be great because that in most cases glossy finish is easier to polish than flat finish. The two main varieties of cleaning solutions: sprays and pastes or gels. In my experience, I only use aerosol products on guitars. I do believe these cleaning products do a great job removing the dirt and finger prints at the same time giving a sleek shine. My personal favorite spray solution is Dunlop Formula 65 Polish Cleaner. I generally just spray several squirts all around the guitar body. On electric guitars, ensure not to spray your guitar pickups, as just about any form of solution may cause corrosion around the pole pieces. After that have a soft rag, usually I work with an used t-shirt, and rub in the solution. As soon as the grime is removed from your guitar surface area, I grab a polish cloth and buff the finish to a beautiful shine.

If your guitar has splits in the body or any exposed wood, just make sure never to apply any sort of cleaning product on the exposed wood. This could result in the wood swell and damage the finish. This is an example of another avoidable trip to the guitar repair shop.

Tips on how to polish your guitar fretboard.

Almost all guitars excluding many Fenders and Gretsches have unfinished fretboards. The popular unfinished fretboards are frequently manufactured from ebony and rosewood. Unfinished fretboards are really simple to clean, condition, and look stunning. You will need to clean your fretboard and condition it each and every time you switch your strings. Fretboards can normally dry out and split. You don't want to bring your guitar to the guitar repair shop as a consequence of something which may have been stopped. Here's how I like to clean and maintain my fretboards.

There are many of unique fretboard cleaning solutions out there, however I always use Murphy's Oil Soap the best. Oil soap not just helps to clean your fretboard, it also helps condition and moisturize it. The oil soap will prevent your fretboard from drying out and splitting. It will also give your fretboard a fresh nice gloss.

I prefer to drop a tiny amount of oil soap on top of the fretboard. It does not take very much at all -a little goes a long way. I Then take some #0000 steel wool and apply the oil soap in to the fretboard while taking out the dust build up. Just make sure you cover the guitar pickups to ensure pieces of the steel wool don't get magnetically caught to the pole pieces. It is usually best if you shine the frets while the steel wool is soaked in the oil soap. This way your complete fretboard and all of the frets look shiny and new all at once. Once the fretboard and frets are cleaned and polished, you'll want to remove the extra oil soap using a sheet of paper towel. Finally your fretboard is clean and conditioned plus your frets are nice and shiny.

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