There are dozens of different methods you can use when cleaning your guitar strings. I’m not saying that the one I use is the best or most effective one, but it is easy, effective and has been working perfectly fine for me for many years. Here is a short video that explains this rather unsophisticated process in detail.
How To Clean Guitar Strings
Points you should keep in mind when cleaning the strings on a guitar:
1. It is okay to use a cleaner that is a little bit more aggressive than for instance just regular soap.
2. However, DO NEVER put the cleaner directly on the strings and always avoid contact with the instrument.
3. Put a little bit of the cleaner on a clean and soft cloth/rag.
4. Clean one string at a time by sliding the cloth up and down as shown in the video.
In addition to that, there are a bunch of products you can buy. However, the only one I am actually familiar with is the GHS Fast-Fret String Cleaner which works very well. It comes with everything you need (applicator, cloth and a little container) plus it’s very inexpensive. Just make sure that you always put the applicator back into the container and put the cap back on, otherwise it dries out – which happened to me many times.
But ultimately, as mentioned, the easiest and cheapest way of cleaning guitar strings is using a regular household all-purpose cleaner and a dry, soft and clean cloth or rag. There is absolutely no need to spend a ton of money on these hyped up and overpriced string cleaning products, as far as I am concerned.
How do you clean your guitar strings? Share your method with us by leaving a comment below.