If you could play your guitar without touching it you wouldn't have to clean it. Just take some time to clean your guitar each time you play it. This will extend the its life and can prevent any number of problems in the future.
First make sure you use a soft cloth preferably cotton. There are flannel cloths at most music store that work great and can be used on any instrument. One idea is to use an old clean T-shirt. Make sure when using a T-shirt that you are not cleaning with the printed area facing the guitar this can scratch the guitar. Don't use paper towels they can also scratch the guitar finish. Disposable shop towels work great as well but they are a little on the expensive side for a through away.
Wiping down you guitar after you play will keep your guitar looking new. For hard
to reach areas such as under the strings, use a ruler and wrap with a soft cloth.
In regards to the guitar strings, you can increase the tuning life if you clean them
aggressively each time you play. Just wrap the cloth around each string and wipe
down the length of the string.
Keep the fingerboard clean by just wiping the whole board down strings included.
After cleaning the guitar you notice areas that just didn't clean well like smudges, etc.
Just add a little moisture and a mild detergent. Add this to a cloth and do not add
directly to the guitar. You want to use as little moisture as possible to keep from getting
moisture in the areas that could cause damage.
After cleaning just buff the guitar down again with a dry cloth to remove any additional
streaks caused by the moisture process.
Now that was easy wasn't it?
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