I have noticed that a large number of guitars brought into Caroline Springs School of Music for repairs or string changes are quite dirty. It is pretty obvious that some have never been cleaned.
A great number of repairs and costs could be avoided by some simple maintenance.
Always make sure your hands are clean before you practice. We should keep our hands clean anyway, right? Wipe your instrument with a cloth after every practice session, this will greatly increase string life and prolong the life of your guitar.
The best product I have seen for keeping guitars clean is Kwik Fret (pictured) made by my good friend Stuart Box. Stuart is an amazing guitarist and really knows his stuff when it comes to guitar maintenance. KwikFret is made with eucalyptus oil and is an all natural product, many other products contain chemicals that are best avoided.
Applying a small amount of KwikFret to your guitars every few days will really help keep it looking and playing well. Keeping your guitar in good working order is every bit as important as your practice. Nothing looks worse than an guitar covered in fingerprints; they are even more obvious on stage under the lights.
Keep your guitar clean and help avoid unnecessary repair fees, our luthiers are overworked as it is!