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Icelander53
08-13-2014, 04:57 AM
Is it ok to use rubbing alcohol? I've seen that suggested for nylon guitar strings but don't know if it's ok on all the types of uke strings.

How do you keep your strings clean?

Freeda
08-13-2014, 05:56 AM
I wash my hands before I play.

Andu
08-13-2014, 06:15 AM
I usually just take a microfiber cloth and wipe them down after I use the uke

peaceweaver3
08-13-2014, 06:16 AM
I wash my hands before I play.

This. And I whipe the strings, well the whole uke, down with a dry, soft polishing cloth after playing. I've never had occasion to clean strings specifically. I figure if they seem to need cleaning, it's time to change them. So I don't know about rubbing alcohol, sorry.

strumsilly
08-13-2014, 06:41 AM
the only strings I've ever cleaned are wound ones that tarnish/rust, and I just hit them with fine steel wool. the nylon/floro I just wipe off. doesn't seem like much sticks to them.

RichM
08-13-2014, 06:48 AM
the only strings I've ever cleaned are wound ones that tarnish/rust, and I just hit them with fine steel wool. the nylon/floro I just wipe off. doesn't seem like much sticks to them.

Agreed, a dry cloth, or a very slightly damp one, is all you're likely to need.

itsme
08-13-2014, 07:01 AM
I wash my hands before I play.
And don't eat Cheetos while you're playing! :p

Icelander53
08-13-2014, 07:03 AM
And don't eat Cheetos while you're playing! :p

OOPs. :( .

kypfer
08-13-2014, 07:06 AM
If the occaision arose for me, I'd use soapy water on a damp cloth. I've boiled wound steel guitar strings in soapy water in the past ... works wonders, assuming the strings aren't actually worn, but I'd have reservations about doing that to nylon strings. Alcohol would probably be OK for any strings, but I'd not want to use it near the instrument for fear of staining the wood.

BlueSockMonkey
08-13-2014, 08:35 AM
I always wash my hands before I play, and try to always wipe the instrument off with a dry microfiber cloth when I put it away. I would never even consider using rubbing alcohol on my babies.

Shorebird
08-13-2014, 08:44 AM
i have been using the GHS string and fret cleaner on my strings, only because I have it. I think a wipe down with a soft clean cloth should do.

Jon Moody
08-13-2014, 08:49 AM
i have been using the GHS string and fret cleaner on my strings, only because I have it. I think a wipe down with a soft clean cloth should do.

Your strings definitely don't need something that indepth, but your fretboard thanks you in the long run.

sonomajazz
08-13-2014, 08:50 AM
And don't forget to brush your teeth...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiR36mDzqVI

itsme
08-13-2014, 09:20 AM
I've boiled wound steel guitar strings in soapy water in the past ... works wonders, assuming the strings aren't actually worn...
I've heard of that, but for the little bit of extra life you'll get out of them, I don't think it's worth the time and effort. I'd rather just put on a brand new set that's going to last a while.

sukie
08-13-2014, 11:10 AM
It never occurred to me tht strings would get dirty. My A strings gets really scratchy underneath, though. I just change them. Then everything sounds pretty again. (Actually when I changed my strings the other day was the first time I really noticed a difference. My ears must be getting better)

Nickie
08-13-2014, 11:21 AM
Chocolate leaves a really crummy looking mess on my Aquilas....so I switched to Worth Browns....no stains!

DownUpDave
08-13-2014, 11:40 AM
Chocolate leaves a really crummy looking mess on my Aquilas....so I switched to Worth Browns....no stains!

:biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:

Nickie if you like Aquilas just switch to white chocolate, works for me.

Nickie
08-13-2014, 11:48 AM
:biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:

Nickie if you like Aquilas just switch to white chocolate, works for me.

Well, shoot, I kinda fancy dark choclate...I'm getting used to the Worths....now I have to figure out what to do with the Aquila reds....

Rick Turner
08-13-2014, 11:59 AM
The only really safe solvents to use around uke finishes...unless they're polyester...are water and xylene which is often used to remove rosin build-up from fiddles. Alcohol is the solvent for shellac (French polish), and may or may not be OK with nitro lacquer. With polyester, you can use practically anything...acetone, gasoline, kerosene, lacquer thinner...yes, really. Just don't smoke while using them! Urethanes are not quite as industrial solvent proof.

The damp cloth suggestions are right on the mark.

UkerDanno
08-13-2014, 01:29 PM
If they need cleaned, they need replaced!

stevepetergal
08-13-2014, 01:36 PM
Sand blasting?
I didn't know I should clean my strings. Funny thing is it seems everybody around here changes their strings every week or so. You're gonna clean them too?

BlueSockMonkey
08-13-2014, 03:06 PM
Well, shoot, I kinda fancy dark choclate...I'm getting used to the Worths....now I have to figure out what to do with the Aquila reds....

Twizzlers! nom nom nom :drool:

Nickie
08-13-2014, 04:57 PM
Twizzlers! nom nom nom :drool:

there ya go....but wait, if I'm eating Twizzlers, I can't eat dark choclate....tonight's is RApunzel....70%....OMG....I want this stuff to be the last thing in my mouth when I die....LOL