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Cleaning Musical Instruments

Cleaning Musical Instruments

 

April is here and you should be thinking about getting the blahs of winter out of your home by doing some spring cleaning!

Not being a musical person myself, I figured that musical instruments would need to be cleaned on a regular basis due to germs/dust. We found an article from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas on instrument hygiene. The recommend that musicians not share instruments/mouthpieces/reeds for obvious reasons. Depending on what type of instrument you have, the cleaning recommendations for the different components vary:

For Flutes – use alcohol wipes for the lip plate, cotton swabs & denatured isopropyl alcohol for around the embouchure hole, & a lint-free cloth & cleaning rod for the interior of the flute. Never use water as it could damage the cork.

For brass instruments – it is recommended that mouthpieces be cleaned once a month using warm, soapy water & a mouthpiece brush or soft cloth. Dry with paper towel.

For instruments using an ebony or hard rubber mouthpiece – they should be swabbed after each playing. Use a small container that can accommodate the mouthpiece (tip down) and fill with a 50/50 solution of water & white vinegar. Let sit for a bit and use a mouthpiece brush to clean the piece (this may be repeated for dirty mouthpieces). If there is cork in the mouthpiece, be sure to protect it from moisture. Let dry.

For stringed/percussion instruments – wash your hands before using!

 

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Cleaning Antiques

Cleaning Antiques

 

April is here and you should be thinking about getting the blahs of winter out of your home by doing some spring cleaning!

Antique cleaning has often been deemed a “no no” by appraisers and collectors alike, removing the “patina” from them can lower their value or even ruin them. This week we share an article from Home Museum with tips on how to clean certain antique materials. Please note – We are not affiliated with Home Museum and ask that you do your research before attempting to clean antiques yourself. If you do not feel comfortable with cleaning them yourself, seek out a professional that can clean/preserve them.

Painted Wood – use paint thinner VERY carefully & go slow. If the paint is a milk or egg-based paint, paint thinner may not work. Be sure to use cotton swabs, soft cloth, & artist’s brushes as your abrasive.

Painted Plastic – use distilled water or Triton 100 surfactant and again use cotton swabs/soft cloth/artist’s brushes as your abrasive being sure to dry the item quickly, especially if the item is made of celluloid.

Painted Metal – use distilled water or Triton 100 surfactant and again use cotton swabs/soft cloth/artist’s brushes as your abrasive being sure to dry the item quickly to avoid rust. This tip applies to non-painted metal as well.

Cast Iron – use paint thinner or lacquer thinner (for stubborn gunk), being careful not to use it on painted parts (such as on cast iron toys/banks). You can be a little more aggressive using steel wool or a fine sand paper as an abrasive. Black shoe polish can be used on cast iron cookery (but don’t cook with it afterwards!).

Silver – use a 50/50 mix of acetone & alcohol mixture and use powdered chalk (from a garden supply/home improvement store) as an abrasive. Never use cling wrap on silver as the chlorine gasses emitted from it will etch silver.

 

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Cleaning Electronics

Cleaning Electronics

 

April is here and you should be thinking about getting the blahs of winter out of your home by doing some spring cleaning! This week’s tips are provided by PC Magazine on how to clean your electronics! Cellphones, laptops, even fitness trackers need a good cleaning to remove the gunk and dirt of daily life!

Phones & tablets – use distilled water on a soft microfiber cloth to clean the screen, being careful of scratches. Remove the protective case and clean the back of the phone, using cotton swabs & distilled water to get into the crevices.

Laptops – flip the laptop over and gently shake it to get the dirt/crumbs out of the keyboard crevices, then use a can of compressed air to get the hard-to-reach stuff. Use a lightly damp microfiber cloth and wipe down the keyboard & outer casing. For the screen, use an approved screen cleaning spray or purchase screen cleaning wipes.

Desktops – same care should be taken in cleaning a desktop as cleaning a laptop. A mixture of isopropyl alcohol & distilled water and a soft microfiber cloth to clean the keyboard, outer case, & monitor housing. Use approved screen cleaner/wipes for the computer screen. The mouse should also be wiped down with a cloth dampened with the alcohol/distilled water mixture.

Televisions – Don’t clean your television screen with glass cleaner as it is corrosive and can cause damage to the screen, use distilled water on a cloth instead. Take the batteries out of the remote, blast it with some compressed air, & clean it with a cloth dampened with a mixture of isopropyl alcohol & distilled water.

Be sure to check out the full article from PC Magazine for tips on cleaning other electronic items!

 

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