Unlike other items, your beloved Guitar will need specific detergents. I’ve seen a lot of people use glass cleaner, as well as the normal household ones containing abrasives, ammonia or silicon, which will ruin your Guitar even more than not cleaning it at all.
Please, if you are unsure about whether your cleaning product is suitable or not, don’t risk it! I would like to suggest some products below that will be very helpful in your selection process.
1. Lint-free Cloth
You should use this kind of cloth for wiping the strings, necks and bridge often. This fabric will work in most cases, it’s soft, popular, inexpensive and does not leave any remaining cotton on the surface. You can even use them regularly to clean your Guitar without any needed polishes (in case of daily cleaning when your Guitar is not too dirty)
2. Guitar Polish / Guitar Cleaner
As I said above, you cannot use just any kind of detergent on your Guitar. A specialized Guitar polish will remove all doubts because it does not contain any harmful chemicals that will destroy your instruments. Here I will suggest some significant ones for your reference…
Dunlop 654 Formula 65 Guitar Polish & Cleaner 4oz.
This is one of the best cleaners used by most Guitarists. It cleans totally and quickly, restores any finish to its original luster, leaves a micro-thin, stain-resistant protective layer and won’t build up. It is also chemically balanced so that you can use it daily.
Music Nomad MN103 Guitar ONE All-in-1 Cleaner, Polish, and Wax, 4 oz.
Music Nomad’s Guitar ONE All-in-1 Cleaner, Polish, and Wax is an ultra-slick, streak-free, high shine gloss magnifier, organically formulated to clean, polish, wax, and protect for gloss finishes. This is the first biodegradable, one-step answer to effortlessly achieving a show-perfect shine. The Guitar ONE is infused with white Brazilian carnauba wax that delivers an acoustically transparent durable shield with a high gloss shine that protects your instrument’s finish. Safe on all lacquer finishes, including nitrocellulose. Not recommended for matte finishes. Musicians, repair shops, guitar techs, instrument makers, and collectors around the world use Music Nomad’s most popular guitar care polish, the Guitar ONE, making guitar care and maintenance easier, while not compromising on quality.
Oil provides a protective barrier, conditions the wood and stops it drying out. It is divided into 4 main types: natural mineral, petroleum distillates, bore oil and lemon oil with their own pros. However, remember that oil is usually suitable for most fretboards except for the Maple ones, which have a hard and lacquered finish (it will have no effect, and could even harm the lacquer).
Music Nomad MN105 F-One
It is suitable for almost kind of woods because it is made of natural oil and free of lemon extract. It also has a pretty reasonable price with one small bottle lasting a long time.
Gerlitz Acoustic Guitar Case (GGH)
This honey is suited to dark woods including rosewood, ebony, as well as more exotic woods. It adds a really good protective layer, however, due to the petroleum distillates base, you will need to be careful when using it.
Music Nomad MN702
Representing the bore oil product line, Music Nomad MN702 will be worth considering. It is free of lemon, water, and petroleum, so you don’t need to worry about damage or unwanted residue. It’s made entirely of natural minerals, which nourish the fingerboard and restore the smoothness of the instrument. However, you should not expect that it will protect the Guitar from grime.
It is one of the most popular lemon-based substances which will help the cleaning process become much easier and quicker with a fresh, lemony scent at an affordable price.
The products suggested above are my personal choices, some people may not like some products and claim them harmful to their instruments, but as long as you properly follow the user manual, everything will be fine. And lastly, always remember; don’t use a household cleaner on your Guitar!