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What is the best way to dry an ukulele?

Michelle Hsu — Jan 31, 2015 04:01PM HST

What is the best way to dry an ukulele if I accidentally spilled water on it or dropped it in water? Let's say it's a bigger amount of water or the ukulele was soaked in water for a awhile.
Thank you!

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Joel - Feb 04, 2015 at 12:21AM HST

The Ukulele Site Agent

Soak up as much of the water as possible with paper towels. If you have access to some silica gel packets you can put a few inside the body to help absorb extra moisture. You can also position a fan to blow inside the soundhole and dry out the instrument.

Dont use a blowdrier or any heat as this may cause the wood to warp...if the ukulele wasnt dried out for a long time it may inevitably start to warp on its own but you should find that out as it dries.

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Charles - Feb 04, 2015 at 09:40PM HST

If an ukulele is soaked and dried, will the sound be affected even though it may not look different?

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Joel - Feb 04, 2015 at 09:44PM HST

The Ukulele Site Agent

If the wood is still damp it will affect the tone since the wood is heavier and swollen and not able to vibrate as easily, it will muddle the tone somewhat.

If the instrument was not damaged at all from the water and all joints and braces are still attaced securely then eventually it should return to the original sound after it has dried thoroughly.

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