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Sep 19, 2019 - 8:07:12 AM
69 posts since 8/15/2019

This has been asked before I'm sure.

What do you use to clean up your banjo if it has been gathering dust or just from being outdoors? I have used lemon oil (Dunlop 65) on my guitar fingerboards for years and will use it on my banjos as well. I've used several things to clean the rest of the guitars after a gig or just sitting out for a long period. The smell of beer and cigarettes was an occupational hazard back in the band days... LOL

But when it comes to the banjo head especially, I'm wondering if there is something other than mild detergent and water that might be better. As well, I would be open to suggestions for cleaning and polishing the wood and hardware.

And, of course, to get those frets to shine, I've used a few methods, but would like any suggestions you might have.

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:09:10 AM

117 posts since 5/16/2016

i just use a damp cloth

Edited by - Brice Alms on 09/19/2019 08:09:33

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:13:26 AM

57 posts since 4/3/2009

For my head, I have used Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, but it might depend on the type head you have.

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:51:56 AM
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rudy

USA

14492 posts since 3/27/2004

I have a Generac 3100 if things get really bad.  wink

Sep 19, 2019 - 1:38:02 PM
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Helix1

USA

447 posts since 4/17/2019

a damp microfiber cloth to start. You are gathering broken organic molecules, grunge, pollen,skin cells, more grunge. I like your treatment of fingerboards.

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:26:31 AM
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6117 posts since 8/28/2013

I simply accompany my singing while taking a bath.wink

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:33:35 AM

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I like using waterless hand cleaner followed by a cloth.

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:32:22 AM

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For routine cleaning of wooden parts, wiping with a damp cloth, then a soft dry cloth should do the job.

To polish/clean metal parts, I use a cloth sold by "Leblanc". Be careful using it on your banjo, and read the instructions. I remove any harder to clean materials using "Simichrome".

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