What do you use to clean your strings?

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  1. Clay LeBlanc

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    I never really clean my strings. I sweat a good bit but it's not that corrosive so I don't really bother with it. I'll wipe it down with a rag if I have to.
     
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    I never clean them. They’re cheap enough to just replace them.
     
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    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    My strings are self-cleaning, like my cars. Once the dirt builds up enough, it falls off on its own.
     
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    New strings. I don't bother to clean 'em, never had any success with that. I just wipe 'em down the best I can and when they get nasty, or sometimes just before, I change 'em.
     
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    Change strings
     
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    Never clean guitar strings but I have a 6-string bass and those sets are approaching $30 so I clean them with alcohol wipes.
     
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    Wipe with a cloth before and after every play.
     
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    If I'm doing the occasional full clean I'll use guitar polish on the body and fast fret the strings. In daily practice, I generally just give an overall wipedown, strings and all, with a clean cloth.
     
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    I wipe my guitar with a microfiber towel after every rehearsal/gig.. I sweat A LOT.... I'll use this finger ease once a month or so when I'm gigging

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    I've used Fingerease in the past - I find it works best if you spray it onto an applicator of some type and then wipe on and off, vs spraying directly onto the strings and fingerboard.
    Also used FastFret - that is great for applying on the go.
    The latest I'm trying is Dr. Duck's Axe Wax - apply some to a cloth and wipe on/off - I like it so far as it's both cleaning the strings and conditioning my rosewood boards at the same time.
     
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    I use a microfiber cloth after every use
     
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    Seriously, I just use a rag to wipe the strings. When they start going dead from corrosion trying to clean them with sometype of chemical is a wasted effort in my experience. However Finger Ease spray or Farleys String Sudzer (out of production, sadly) helps prolong their life and feels wonderful when your finger tips get sore.

    Strings are fairly cheap so I just replace. When I was gigging 6 nights a week I used to have to change them weekly, every two weeks tops. Wiping them down, especially the unwound ones, does help get the hand oils off and seems to prolong string life.
     
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    Interesting idea - ICE spray wax, or the spray detailer? I assume you don't mean the ICE liquid since it contains silicone and that shouldn't be anywhere near a fretboard.
     
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    Elixirs last half of forever. They seem a bit slick but I quickly became accustomed to that.
    Used them for a while and I really thought I liked them. Then I put on a set of D'Addarios again and realized that the Elixirs just didn't sound as good. To me. YMMV.
     
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    Yep, the important thing is that it cleans & coats the strings, both top and back. The back of the strings is important.
     
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    I don’t clean strings, they’re like $7 a pack. I change all 6 of my guitars strings at least monthly and usually change acoustics every two weeks as I can’t stand old dead sounding strings on acoustics.
     
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  20. eclecticsynergy

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    The problem with dry wiping or especially cleaning with alcohol is that it strips the metal of oils. This leaves it more vulnerable to rust and will indeed make strings go dead faster and/or hasten breakage.

    A little coating with FastFret or FingerEase (orevenAD-40) helps protect them from corrosion.