How NOT to Sanitize Your Guitar

Keeping healthy and avoiding viruses is on top of many people’s minds. You may be wondering how to sanitize your guitar. Unfortunately, you can’t without destroying your guitar. Yes, you can clean your guitar, but this doesn’t guarantee that a virus is removed or killed. To actually kill viruses would require something such as a sanitizer with 70% alcohol content. Unfortunately, that high alcohol content will also ruin your guitar’s finish.

You should also avoid spray sanitizers, which might kill viruses, but may also eat away at your frets and strings. Also don’t use household cleaners because the chemicals may or may not kill viruses, and there’s a strong possibility that those chemicals will damage your instrument.

What You Can Do

While you can’t sanitize your guitar, you can isolate it. Don’t let others play your guitar, and, if possible, keep your guitar at home. You should also not play anyone else’s guitar.

Guitar Quarantine

If you’ve been to a jam session recently and let others play your guitar, then it might have a virus on the surface and should not be touched. Your best move is to quarantine that particular instrument and don’t play it for 72 hours.

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your physician or other qualified health professional.