Cleaning Tips

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by TeHarr, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. TeHarr


    Nov 8, 2005
    Hello everyone!
    I'm the happy owner of a fine double bass that I have been cleaning for months using nothing but a nice clean towel. I was wondering if anyone had any tips for cleaning different parts of the bass. Names of good cleaning products, whether or not to use a bit of a damp cloth to clean dirt off the fingerboard, if there's anything better than rubbing alcohol to clean dirty strings (hopefully without getting any on the bass!).

    Suggestions if you please!
  2. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I suggest using 0000 Steel Wool (pronounced "four-oh" or "four-aught" or maybe "four-zed" for the canucks) to clean finger-dirt off the strings and fingerboard.
  3. Brent Norton

    Brent Norton

    Sep 26, 2003
    Detroit, MI
    Though plentiful these days, four-aught was indeed tough to come by during the Great Steel Wool Shortage of aught-four... Lean times, they were...

    In the meantime, if the clean towel has been doing the job on the bass, sounds like you've got a fine method. Dampen it for intensified cleaning action (tm) and less scratching. If you do reach for a cleaner or polish at some point, make sure to *avoid anything containing silicone,* and just to be safe, try to avoid wax-containing products as well. Your bass (and your luthier, in particular) will thank you down the road when it's time to have a crack repaired or seam glued.
  4. Marc Piane

    Marc Piane

    Jun 14, 2004
    I usually use lemon oil VERY sparingly. It can attract dirt so best not to leave any residue.
  5. D McCartney

    D McCartney crosswind downwind bass

    Aug 1, 2005
    Tacoma WA
  6. TeHarr


    Nov 8, 2005
    Thanks everyone, that solves my problem/answers my questions nicely...

    Maybe all basses forever stay clean and well-loved.