How The Original Blitz Cloth became the go-to for guitar string cleaning
Plus, tips on how to properly use it!QUICK TIP! What you eat can negatively affect your guitar strings; for example, eating onions before playing can increase the acidity in your sweat and in turn kill the tone of your strings!
- The Story of the String Care Cloth
- How to Properly Use the String Care Cloth
- Tips for Cleaning Your Guitar or Violin Strings
The package comes with two cloths. The first is a treated yellow cloth that is meant to be used first. The other cloth is a non-treated gray buffing cloth meant to be used after the polish from the first cloth has been applied.
According to http://www.300guitars.com/articles/guitar-string-construction-how-theyre-made/, guitar strings are made by winding metal strings around a core; windings include round-wound, flat-wound, half-wound, ground-wound, pressure-wound, and hex-wound and are made of bronze, steel or nickel. Because of the winding of the metal, the strings become more absorbent of liquids than flat surface metals. The Original Blitz Cloth & the String Care Cloth are treated with aggressive cleaning agents originally with flat surface metals in mind. Guitarists were noticing two results while using the cloth; the first was a smoother switch between frets; the second was overall reduction in tarnish.
- The treated yellow cloth contain heavy amounts of our special cleaning agents meant for larger surfaces. Because you are applying a heavily treated & aggressive cloth to a smaller surface, you can use less pressure to apply the polish. One or two gentle wipes with the cloth over the surface of the strings, once in a while will be enough.
- Your strings are wound. This is important to remember because over using the cloth will cause too much of the cleaning agents to absorb between the windings of the metal. This cloth feels oily to the touch and is meant to keep the strings feeling slick. You don’t want the strings to become greasy.
- The non-treated gray cloth is for polishing & buffing similar to the famous Mr. Miyagi line, “wax on, wax off”. Use the gray cloth after the yellow to distribute the polish. You should see black lines on the yellow and gray cloth where tarnish and dirt have been lifted.
- Wipe down the strings after every use (every time you play) with the non-treated gray cloth. You may use the yellow cloth again when the strings begin to show tarnish or lose their slightly slick feeling. Remember you should NOT use the yellow cloth as often as the gray.
- Return the yellow cloth to the air-tight pouch to prevent it from drying out.
- Rarely Blitz will hear from customers that their fingers were turned black after using the Blitz String Care Cloth. This is because the cleaner released from the cloth is wedging its way in between the windings of the string. When players have higher levels of acidity in their sweat, this can react with the cleaner causing a black residue on the skin. The Blitz forumla will continue to clean the strings as vibrations occur; the rare black residue is not at all toxic or harmful to you or your safety.
- Blitz also offers a Guitar Care Cloth perfect for waxed wood finishes, lacquered wooden surfaces, or even polymer (fiberglass, or wood-polymer composite) surfaces. Visit the Guitar Care Cloth product page to learn more about Blitz Guitar Care.