Are Clorox Disinfecting Wipes safe for guitar finishes?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Figaro, Mar 22, 2020.

  1. teleman1

    teleman1 Supporting Member

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    HEY! I thought I read somewhere that Corona doesn't like UV light,or most viruses don't. Maybe leaving it outside a few minutes on each side?
     
  2. Figaro

    Figaro Supporting Member

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    So if what you say is true, how can it be safe to buy many other things?
     
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  4. Wrubird

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    Use strong, clear alcohol, like vodka ;)
     
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    deepcove17 Supporting Member

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    I hear people pay big money for guitars with messed up finishes....you may be onto something. o_O
     
  6. twoheadedboy

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    Not really a good time for that IMHO.
     
  7. Ron Kirn

    Ron Kirn Gold Supporting Member Vendor

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    a used guitar is a veritable "petri dish" of billions of viruses, bacteria and lord knows what els .... buying a new Hammer at the Hardware store is a different issue all together...
     
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    Why, have Martians secretly visited your home and molested your guitars?
     
  9. Figaro

    Figaro Supporting Member

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    Many things we buy may have been handled by many people. The packaging our food comes in and produce are some examples.
     
  10. Figaro

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    Maybe the Lysol Simply sanitizing wipes would be ok...
    • Kills 99.9% of Bacteria
    • No phosphates, no dyes, no bleach, no fragrance, no alcohol
    • Made with a plant-based ingredient
    • Suitable for use on most kitchen, bathroom and household surfaces, most hard, non-porous baby and pet accessories and furniture, telephone keypads and telephone monitor screens
    • No rinse step required
     
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  11. major-minor

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    So , what SHOULD we use to clean a recent used purchase?
     
  12. Theorist

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    Others don’t need to touch anything you use for it to have the virus, you may transfer it from a doorknob or any other surface to your guitar yourself. I wipe my cellphone at least twice a day with isopropyl alcohol, better safe than sorry...
     
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    that’s great advice! 20ml bleach per liter of water, they use it to wipe hospital floors and other surfaces...
     
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  15. major-minor

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    Ahh. I missed that. Thanks.
     
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    If not already taken out and handled, keep it encased for a few days. Virus dies after some-days on surfaces evidently.
    Most informative thread on Internet today.
     
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    Good info in this thread, and fwiw I use Clorox wipes all the time to clean up guitars and parts, including most new purchases I make. Never a problem (and fyi they don't contain any bleach).
     
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  18. aynirar27

    aynirar27 All You Need Is Rock and Roll Gold Supporting Member

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    I read that guitars are toxic anyways
     
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  19. spiral

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    Just let it sit for 3 days. If it's shipped to you any active viruses should be dead by the time you get it.

    https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/19/coronavirus-survives-on-surfaces-how-to-protect-yourself/
     
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  20. bob-i

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    So much poor information in this thread.

    I’ve cleaned all of my guitars with Clorox wipes, no damage. With nitro I’ve been careful to only let it hit the finish for seconds. I’ve also cleaned everything I can think of, my phone, iPad, credit cards, tools, watch, guitar picks, cords, amps, keyboards.

    As to why I’m doing this. Even though I’m careful to wash my hands often, I have collected the mail, picked up take out food, opened and closed doors and touched many surfaces that may have been touched by others. 150,000 people have contracted this virus, and the CDC expects that 50% of the population will be infected before this is over.

    today I needed a part to repair my son’s sink. I purchased the part on line at Lowe’s and waited in the truck for them to bring it out. I opened the tailgate of the truck and pointed to the bed (covered) for him to put the part in. The guy put it in, then walked up to my door, opened it to tell me what he did. What part of 6’ away don’t you understand!

    could I have touched a guitar after that? Maybe, not worth the risk.
     
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