Cleaning strings

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  1. edsdds

    edsdds Strat-Talker

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    So much more time at home means everything has to last a little longer. Is there a safe way to clean guitar strings? I have read alcohol, vinegar etc.

    All of my guitar have Elixir nanowebs so they are not that bad. But wondering if there is a safe household cleaner for a quick wipe down that wont ruin the strings.
     
  2. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Fast fret.
     
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  3. Lone Woof

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    I think Fast Fret is mostly just mineral oil.
     
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    No, it's not mostly Mineral Oil, it's JUST Mineral Oil, a wood handle, a cardboard tube and some stuffing. For the price of a can of Fast Fret, which will dry out rather quickly, you can buy a large bottle of Mineral oil that will last you forever.

    It's the same as all types of "Fretboard oil", no matter what it claims to be, it's just scented Mineral Oil, sold at a much higher price... Simply because they can.

    The easiest way to keep your strings clean is to wash your hands before you play, then when you're done playing, just wipe them down, that's the entire surface of the string, top, bottom, and sides, not just the top.
     
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  5. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Senior Stratmaster

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    I would be afraid that any sort of cleaning solution would dissolve the coating on the nanowebs. I'd wipe them down and stop there. Then again, I'm basing this on decades of absolutely no personal experience coupled with a lack of understanding of science.
     
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  6. edsdds

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    Got it. Or I can go the non cheap way and just buy new strings. I was just trying to see what had worked for home products for anyone.
     
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  7. Lone Woof

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    Yeah, that was my understanding as well, but I figure they must add water or something to it and if I said "it's just mineral oil" some know-it-all would probably correct me.
     
  8. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Senior Stratmaster

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    I have bought scores of sets of Musician's Gear strings from Musician's Friend. I like 'em.

    Here's about $25 worth:
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  9. edsdds

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    nice. You are all set.
     
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    This is exactly what I do and the strings always need replacing long before they are in any way dirty.
     
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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    same as other"s have mentioned, if i start with clean hands and wipe down the stri gs with a clean t shirt afterwords the strings last me waaaaay longer.