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How To Clean

When it comes to cleaning your instrument what is necessary can depend on how you use it and how much you care. And I don't mean that in a bad way. Sometimes not caring is a beautiful thing. But if you do care, then stay clean so you don't get it dirty, first of all. But it happens and if you hang it on the wall it will need it all the more. Cleaning is a good thing. We are in favor of it. But now the worst thing you could do is damage your finish. So here's some tips on what to use.

On a oil or french polish finish just wipe the body clean lightly with a microfiber cloth. If any water or cleaner is used it would be used very very little if at all. The following applies to all the lacquer finished instruments, which is most of what is being made. Do not use furniture polish or just any wax on your ukulele. It may not be a problem, but it can be. If you don't want to buy another cleaner just for your ukulele, then use a very lightly dampened rag wrung out and wipe dry. A common favorite for cleaning minor stuff is the Dunlop 65 guitar polish and a micro fiber cloth. If you want to find something at your local store that will really gloss up your finish try the Turtle Wax Premium Grade Rubbing Compound (says 
clear-coat safe). Hardware stores of big box stores are likely to have.  This will be fine on any gloss Asian import but I would not use it on most higher end instruments. There are a number of guitar polishes you can use. 

Frets tarnish over time, get them shiny again by using 0000 steel wool. Works with a wooden unfinished fretboard, otherwise tape off the fretboard. Lemon oil should not be needed very often. If it is then you might be exposing your ukulele to a very low humidity and this can cause other problems, like cracking, warping, buzzing, sharp fret ends etc. But lemon oil will get your fretboard real nice after you steel wool the frets.

Other than that, mahalo, and feel free to share any questions or insight here.

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