I must admit that I don’t clean my guitars too often. Actually, I only really thoroughly clean them when it is time to put a new set of strings on. As I remove the old strings and before I put the new ones on, I grab my Murphy Oil Soap and a clean rag and that’s basically all I need.
When you look online there are many other ways that show you how to clean a guitar and some of them acre actually quite scary. I just watched a video where a guy suggested to use lighter fluid for the really gooey parts that don’t come off easily. Well, if I were you, I would not use lighter fluid under any circumstances to get your guitar clean – I believe there are more adequate methods.
With that being said, I have been using Murphy Oil Soap for ages and it works perfectly well for me for both, acoustic and electric guitars. It is tough enough to take care of business but also gently enough to not damage your instrument.
Here is a short video that demonstrates how I clean my guitar with special focus on cleaning the guitar fretboard:
So that’s basically it. Here are some of the key points you should keep in mind:
1. Don’t use abrasive cleaners or detergents
2. Do not use any type of cleaner directly on your guitar – put a little bit on the rag/cloth instead
3. The fretboard is the part where you should spend most of you time on
Some guitarist swear by certain products and they insist that you must use a particular type of cloth, etc. I personally don’t think that this is necessary. But there is nothing wrong with using some of the products that are especially designed for cleaning your guitar – aside from Murphy’s Oil Soap (the 32 oz bottle lasts forever!), you can check out the Guitar Shop, some of them are actually pretty good and available inexpensively through amazon.