How to Quickly Clean the Guitar Fretboard

The guitar fretboard is a very important part of your guitar. A good guitar fretboard will help you play better, with higher speed and sound. We learn how to quickly  clean the guitar fretboard with several tips.

1. Clean Your Hands and Avoid a Dirty Fretboard

The best way to solve a problem is preventing it. If you want to avoid having a dirty keyboard, the first step is to make sure you don’t let it get dirty in the first place.

Always clean and dry your hands before serious guitar practice. This will help you in several ways:

  • maintain the fretboard clean and dry.
  • avoid slipping your hands.
  • improving your technique when handling the guitar.
  • avoid strange sounds that may be caused by dirty or slippery hands.

To avoid all these problems, you just need to clean your hands with neutral soup and dry them before practice. Even if you think your hands are clean, this is still useful because natural grease accumulates during the day.

2. Use a dry cloth to clean your fretboard

Another way to maintain your guitar clean is to keep and use a simple cloth regularly. The general idea is to remove any substance that remains in the guitar fretboard before or after your daily playing.

To use this simple strategy, the only thing you need is a piece of cloth, preferably a small microfiber cleaning piece of cloth.

Make sure that it is also kept in a clean location, so that you can always use this cleaning strategy when playing your guitar.


3. Use a guitar cleaning product

The next option you have is to use a specialized cleaning product for the fretboard.

This will help you to get the best results, by making sure that you have a method to polish, protect, and maintain your guitar.

There are several products in the market that you can use to clean and polish your fretboard. I will list just a few that I have used with great success:

While there is no perfect product, using some of these will give you good options to maintain your fretboard clean and ready to use.

4. Use a Guitar Cleaning Kit

Finally, another tip I can give is to buy a complete guitar cleaning tip. This will simplify your life and make it much faster to maintain your guitar clean and ready to use.

I have used several guitar cleaning kits in the past. Here are some that I have tested with success (some of these links are affiliates, but I’m only showing the products that I have tested myself):