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    Thanks all.

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    I have a 50's Martin tenor and I don't know what kind of finish it is but it must be very soft because any kind of guitar polish (even recommended by my music store) seems to take the finish right off. Maybe it's french polish, I don't know. Anyway it is getting pretty grungy so I'm afraid to use any kind of cleaner now. Maybe some mild soap and water?
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    Yikes. Don’t put anything on you old Martin.

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    A quick wipe with the end of my shirt sleeve before I fit a new set of strings. If I remember. Which I usually don't.

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    After about a year I just had to replace my eyeglasses. I keep them in a case when I'm not wearing them, and am not hard on them when I am. But I cleaned them sometimes with a tiny bit of dish detergent and water. The minute scratches caused by the detergent looked like greasy smears, which I tried harder to remove, and with more soap.

    Ukulele finishes being at least as variable as optical coatings, I'd be extremely wary of anything stronger than a damp microfiber cloth. Everything may look great the first few times, but cumulatively you could be doing damage that looks like smudges, and which you continue to try to fix with polish, continually adding to the problem.

    Fretboards are a different story. They can get pretty gross, but an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure, washing your hands before playing and a quick rub down with the damp cloth after if you have sweaty hands, should help a lot. Intuitively, it seems most oils would be safe, but intuition led me to the kitchen sink to clean my glasses, so I don't particularly trust myself on that.
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    Are you saying that using a Brillo pad would be bad?

    http://brillo.com/steel-wool-soap-pads.asp


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    going to say microfibre, but others have beat me to it. Don't know if its good, just assumed would do no harm ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    Are you saying that using a Brillo pad would be bad?

    http://brillo.com/steel-wool-soap-pads.asp

    I'll test on my glasses first.
    Tiny Tenor spruce/mahogany
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziret View Post
    I'll test on my glasses first.
    You'll will be going to the eye doc, convinced that you have cataracts!

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