Are you joining the frenzy of cleanliness like the rest of us? Well, this is the perfect time to get the cleaning of your instruments and microphones up to a standard that we can all agree on. Join us while we discuss the safest sanitary solutions for your prized possessions.
First things first - keep that wet, soapy cloth far away from any of your instruments until you’ve read up on exactly how to clean it. Today, we’re here to discuss suggestions for cleaning and methods of organizing.
The first step to being clean is being organized. It’s no fun and can sometimes feel foolish as you’re spending money on unnecessary tiny boxes, but it will pay off. If everything has a place, it won’t get as dusty, tangled and unused. Your brain will thank you for organizing your items visually, it’s less to take in mentally and you can use that energy on zero-ing in on something more important, like which plug-in to use.
Have you made a trip to The Container Store? There are so many incredible box-set containers, clear or any color of your choice, although we suggest clear so that you can always see what you’re reaching for. In these little containers, you can put your guitar picks, your tiny flash drives and other cable accessories. And then there are cables. Have you seen those handy and cute rubber wire cable ties? Some of our favorites are these. You can color code them and wrap them up nicely so that your cables stay in near perfect condition and also look nice and organized while doing so.
Shure, the Microphone giant, suggests “To clean a microphone with a permanently attached grille like the SM81 or KSM 137, use a dry, soft bristle toothbrush and gently scrub the grille. Keep the microphone upside down so that loosened particles fall away from it.” If you’re sharing your microphone with others or working out of a studio that houses lots of different artists, it’s especially crucial to be sure that the proper cleaning has taken place.
Regarding drum pads, one user states “Use warm water (no soap/solvents - if you think you must use soap, use baby shampoo); saturate the pad face and let soak in for about 10 seconds. Gently scrub (side to side motion) with link-free cloth while pad is thoroughly wet.”. You can read more details on their opinions here. Do your own research.
If you’re on tour, you may be unable to carry a ton of cleaning products, so consider these types of audio wipes. They can clear just about anything. If you’re a guitarist, bassist or play anything with a fret, it may do good for you to take a little bottle like this on the road with you.
On another day, we’ll discuss file management. This is the next step on the path of your creative organization. This will save your brain power for the more important things and lessen the stress of your environment. Until you’re fully organized, you won’t realize how refreshing it truly is. Be sure to look out the specific manufacturer's website for cleaning tips, especially if it comes to the higher end brands, you really don’t want to be soaping up and destroying a $10k mic! Then again, no matter the price of your possession, it’s all equally important and you’ve got to be careful when introducing anything water related to these sensitive electronics.