The Ukulele is a beginner-friendly musical instruments but you better make sure that you keep your Uke clean and in good condition, otherwise its sound quality might decline (not to mention its appearance). Here are a few pointers:
– Solid wood ukuleles are more sensitive than the laminated ones, so bear that in mind when thinking about how to implement a cleaning routine for your Uke.
– Check humidity levels in your home: too much humidity will cause the wood to swell and the neck to bend; too little can make your Uke to crack… either way you’d be left with a bad sounding Uke! Use dehumidifiers and humidifiers if necessary.
– Be careful with hot temperatures! Never leave your Uke inside your car, or near heaters.
– If you usually leave your Uke hanging on the wall, make sure you clean the dust every now and then, otherwise it will set in your Uke’s body and it will hurt the sound.
– The general rule is to keep it simple and avoid using synthetic products (such as polishers) that contain chemicals, as these can damage your uke in the long-term; if you’re doing a good job cleaning your instrument as part of a regular maintenance routine, you won’t really see the need to use any special products.
– Use a damp, lint-free cloth to clean the body of your uke, and then remove any left-over water residue with a dry cloth.
– The fretboard is a very sensitive part of your Uke so try to avoid doing any serious cleaning on there; you can use cotton swabs to clean around the frets if you see any grime build up on there.
– It’s also a good idea to wipe your strings gently with a cloth, ideally after each playing session.
– When you put your Ukulele inside a case, make sure it is well closed, otherwise it may accidentally drop to the floor when you pick it up.
– Try to always clean your hands before playing it, as the oils and grease from your fingers will stick to the instrument and hurt your intonation as well.
Remember to give your Uke some love and it will last a long time!