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 Cleaning a wooden clarinet
Author: clarinet@55 
Date:   2006-08-18 11:40

I'm posting this as a new post, as I've tried to use the "search" function & I get "error reports" from my inertnet explorer every time.
Can someone recommend a cleaner for cleaning the inside & outside of a wooden clarinet. It hasn't been played in a long, long, timeand I feel it needs a good cleaning .

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 Re: Cleaning a wooden clarinet
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2006-08-18 11:55

I'll only recommend only using a cotton pullthrough or swab for the inside, and a soft, dry lint-free duster for the outside, and a soft paint brush to get into areas under keys to get rid of dust and fluff that colects there, but be careful you don't dislodge any springs. Use a cotton bud for cleaning the tonehole chimneys as well.

But I won't recommend using any polishes or solvents at all - you'll do more damage with these.

The only way to get the clarinet cleaned up really well is to have it serviced by your repairer who will take it all apart and clean it up, as well as doing anything that needs doing - replacing pads or corks where needed.


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 Re: Cleaning a wooden clarinet
Author: L. Omar Henderson 
Date:   2006-08-18 12:10

(Disclaimer - I make a wood cleaning solution and museum wood wax)
Over time the oil in the wood will combine with dust, lint, and airborne pollution products (actually there are a lot of miniscule rubber particles from automobile tires floating in the air in urban areas) to form a gummy mess on the wood which dulls the finish and clogs the pores of the wood needed for transpiration of water in and out of the wood. The bore is less prone to accumulations because it is washed by moisture and swabbing. A wood cleaner designed for oily wood should be used. This cleaner should remove the oil gunk but not leech too much oil out of the wood. Many suggest using Murphy's oil soap designed for wood floors and this is one choice - not the best IMO. Regular detergents (dishwashing liquids) will remove the gunk but also leech significant quantities of oil not associated with the gunk from the wood. Indeed, I would not use any product on the bore but would clean each tone hole with a cleaner using a Q-Tip (TM) where flotsam and jetsam often physically accumulate. After cleaning I re-oil the wood, let thoroughly dry, wipe with a clean cotton jersey cloth (old T-shirt) and then apply a wax and buff. Other suggestions are welcome.
L. Omar Henderson

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 Re: Cleaning a wooden clarinet
Author: BobD 
Date:   2006-08-18 12:32

I have used Formby's Lemon Oil product for cleaning wood and plastic clarinets without any apparent ill effects. It also has some degree of cleaning effect on the keys. I take care to try not get any on pads

Bob Draznik

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