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How to Properly Clean an Acoustic Guitar at Home

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Properly Clean an Acoustic Guitar at Home

In order to keep an acoustic guitar in good condition, you need to keep it clean and maintained. They can usually get quite dirty and extremely dusty through use and atmosphere, so they need to be cleaned and looked after. Be very careful with the products you use, as you might damage the instrument. Check out these OneHowTo tricks to learn how to properly clean an acoustic guitar at home.

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Steps to follow:
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To start to clean an acoustic guitar at home we'll go with the simplest part. The body of the guitar will not cause you any problems. You can go over it every day with a slightly damp cloth to help keep it clean, bright and in good condition so that your guitar will last longer.

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The strings are the most problematic when it comes to maintenance and care. As they are made of steel, the top parts accumulate lots of dirt and need to be cleaned frequently to avoid distorting the sound and keep the instrument in optimum condition.

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You can ask for information in any music store or even better, any store that specializes in guitars. Professionals can help you and also advise you about specific products.

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Some say that a little toothpaste can help to clean guitars. Apply a very small amount using a dry cloth to the steel strings, especially at the top. You'll see how their appearance is immediately transformed.

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A pencil eraser can also help clean acoustic guitar strings. It may be unbelievable but true. The eraser helps you to see how your guitar strings are transformed and become really clean.

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A cloth moistened with alcohol is another remedy that never fails. You'll also see how your guitar strings shine.

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The most sensitive parts of the guitar are the bridge, screws and pins. A lot of dirt accumulates in these areas. To finish it off, go over it with a thin, soft cloth that is dry. This will get rid of any accumulated dust and prevent scratches.

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But what about cleaning the inside of an acoustic guitar? If it's an old guitar, there will be amounts of dust that will have accumulated for ages. You best bet is to clean it whenever you have to change your strings.

When the strings are off, use a vacuum cleaner with a small nozzle to get rid of all the dirt that may be accumulating in the corners.

Once you're done you can fit in your new strings and have a perfectly clean guitar again!

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Tips
  • Get used to cleaning your guitar at least once a week so you always keep it clean.
  • Always wash your hands before using your guitar.
  • Always keep it in its case.

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