We become especially diligent with cleaning our homes, especially during flu season. But often times, our instruments are missed. Cleaning and disinfecting your instruments after every use is one of the easiest ways to prevent spreading germs. Here are some tips for cleaning your instruments.
- Store bought cleaners are too harsh and abrasive on delicate keys. Try using a simple solution of warm water and dish soap on a clean towel to wipe down keys.
- When wiping keys, make sure to only use a small amount of water/cleaning solution. Wiping towards you on each individual key will ensure that no moisture seeps between keys causing harm to the instrument.
- Clean octave by octave, making sure to use a dry cloth to
- For electric keyboards it is especially important to clean all power buttons or other dials used. Make sure to again only use a small amount of water/natural cleaning solution when wiping down the instrument.
- The easiest time to clean is when changing strings so the fretboard is exposed.
- Using a slightly damp cloth, wipe down the fretboard and immediately use a dry cloth to remove any leftover moisture.
- Use extra caution when cleaning an acoustic guitar where the paint/glaze is cracked as any moisture could damage the wood.
- A cleaning procedure usually becomes part of your routine for when assembling your instrument before playing.
- Remember to launder or replace all cloths used to wipe down the inside of your instrument regularly.
- Don’t share mouth pieces or reeds!
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