Friday, March 18, 2016

How to Clean Rusty Guitar Strings

Cleaning rust off of guitar strings is a process that requires very little effort on your part. Simply remove the strings and soak them in denatured alcohol. Never use water to clean your strings as these can make them rust even further. Avoid using rubbing alcohol as that contains water. You can purchase the denatured alcohol required for removing rust from your strings by visiting any home improvement store and looking in the paint aisle.

Step 1 Remove your guitar strings by turning the tuning pegs on the neck counterclockwise until you can unthread the strings from the guitar. The bottom portion of the strings are held in place by a screw or a clamp. Unscrew the clamp or screw to remove the strings entirely from the guitar.

Step 2 Place waterproof gloves on your hands to reduce the possibility of getting the alcohol on your skin.

Step 3 Fill a bucket with one inch of denatured alcohol.

Step 4 Place the guitar strings in the alcohol and let them sit for 24 hours. After that time, wipe them off with a dry cloth and the rust will be removed.

Avoid getting the alcohol on your body and certainly don't drink the mixture. You may need to be 18 years old to purchase denatured alcohol.