The maintenance of musical instruments is an important habit for every musician, regardless of their level of knowledge or experience. After all, even the highest quality equipment is subject to the breakdowns caused by its use.
No matter how careful a musician is, it is essential to pay attention to certain details that, in many cases, may go unnoticed, but put your equipment at risk.
In this article, we will show some tips on how you can take better care of your instrument and do the maintenance in a simple way.
What is the correct maintenance for each instrument?
In order for you to understand the importance and how to do the maintenance of musical instruments, we separate them according to each type. After all, this care can vary a lot from one equipment to the other. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the needs of each model.
One of the main tips for string instruments, such as the guitar, bass and guitar, is to avoid impacts. The arms of these equipments are very fragile and warp with certain impacts.
Besides, before playing your instrument, it is interesting to wash your hands. This habit avoids the accumulation of fat from the hands to the strings of your equipment. It may seem an exaggeration, but this practice greatly reduces the amount of dirt on the strings, leaving them with a good sound for longer.
However, regardless of washing your hands before playing, right after using your instrument, always wipe the strings with a dry cloth. This care prevents grease and sweat, produced during playing, from remaining on the instrument and accelerates its oxidation.
As for the body of the instrument, the dry cloth is always a safe option, like the traditional flannels or the microfiber ones. Never use general cleaning products in your devices. There are substances suitable for this type of cleaning, including the most detailed ones.
Wind instruments are some of those that suffer most from rust or oxidation. To prevent this type of problem from occurring, it is interesting to do a gauze cleaning, always after use – either followed by a presentation or a study.
It is even indicated every three months to dismantle all your equipment and do a good cleaning, using a degreasing agent, anti-rust spray or a special grease for this purpose.
Percussion and drums instrument
The percussion equipments also need to receive a dry cloth passage, daily. Especially if your instruments are mounted and exposed. The ideal is to cover them with a cloth when they are not in use, or simply leave them stored, if their use is very sporadic.
In the case of pianos, they tend to tune too often. Therefore, the ideal is to hire a professional to do their maintenance. However, if the equipment is digital, and is constantly mounted on the support, it is recommended to buy a protective cover.
Regarding cleaning to remove grease or dust, follow the same tip for string instruments. Pass a clean, dry cloth over the keys and, whenever possible, wash your hands before playing your instrument.
How to increase the useful life of the instruments?
Now that you’ve learned how to properly maintain your instrument, according to its type, we’ll show you some strategies to increase the useful life of the equipment.
Keep away from risk factors
The first step is to keep your instrument away from elements that generate risks for the device. Dust, water, excessive heat and other factors, can impair the operation of an equipment and even cause all its deterioration. Mainly, those that have electronic components, such as guitars and their accessories – effect pedals, amplifier, etc.
The most common accidents with musical instruments occur during transportation and during their use. For example, imagine if you are studying in the comfort of your home, when you decide to put a glass of water beside you to refresh yourself without having to leave the instrument. In a moment, when drinking the liquid, a simple drop spilled, can enter the circuit of the pedal and cause damage to its operation. So do not give the opportunity for this kind of problem.