The banjo was developed in the USA in the 19th century, where black musicians mainly used its rhythmic possibilities. This instrument gives a very characteristic sound to country and jazz bands in its various modalities, and the pulsation speed of its strings varies from style to style. However, to properly care for and enjoy it, it must be cleaned at least every six months. I took our best advice for that!
- All purpose cleaner
- Blade with a razor blade
- Transparent tape
- Steel wool or virulana
- Large eraser
Steps to clean a banjo
Loosen the tuning pegs to completely remove each banjo string. Spray the head with a small amount of all-purpose cleaner. Gently wipe it with a cloth to remove surface stains. Let the head dry completely.
Hold the blade by your head and gently touch the surface with the blade. Rotate the blade towards you at a slight angle and scrape, pulling the blade towards you. Do not press too hard as this can damage the surface. This is an effective way to prevent dirt build-up. Gently rub the surface with steel wool in a circular motion to remove light stains.
It is impossible to remove all stains from heavily used and old banjos. These methods of removing dirt stains, but not oil stains.