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Dear all, can anyone tell me what is the name of the tools?

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Soundboard cleaning steel, or soundboard cleaning tool, probably has other names.

Stopped using them long ago and developed better if more time consuming and risky methods.

They're OK to get the top layer of loose dust off fast though (or getting objects).

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Originally Posted by An Old Square
Soundboard cleaning steel, or soundboard cleaning tool, probably has other names.

Stopped using them long ago and developed better if more time consuming and risky methods.

They're OK to get the top layer of loose dust off fast though (or getting objects).

Thank you for sharing uour experience too. 👍


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Yes, I use a strip of plastic (key front material) to push around a rag on a string, instead. The plastic is too soft to scratch the finish, and the string retrieves the rag when it is dusty.


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The Spurlock soundboard cleaning tools are very effective. Available from Pianotek.

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Personally I've stopped using the Spurlock tools. Just too slow.

My method right now is to push a very lightly dampened rag around with a well-protected soundboard steel, generally from right to left. This is much faster and more effective than those Spurlock tools.

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Similar to my method.
Mine's a bit more extreme, to get really really dirty soundboards really really shiny.
Make pads out of paper towels with stapler, taking care staple gets nowhere near soundboard finish.
Use 0.5mm nitinol (hyper-elastic nickel/titanium alloy) wire (with soft padded end) to push stapled paper towels around under soundboard.
Thoroughly dampen paper towel with SprayWay glass cleaner.
SprayWay cuts dirt fast and shines the shellac safely, mostly mild alcohol and evaporates fast.
Position wetted paper towel under strings, push to area to clean with nitinol wire.
When paper towel over dirty spot, put 1mm carbon rod (tip padded of course) through strings onto paper towel, press hard onto soundboard, and clean in circles (good light a must), until original shine is restored.
Move paper towel, repeat, replace paper towel when filthy, repeat.
Badly dirty boards use a lotta paper towels, gotta replace em frequently.
I had a side biz doing this years ago.
It got old and stopped offering this, but I got pretty good at detailing soundboards through the strings.
Not scratching the finish is half common sense, half being careful.
Hardest area is under where bass strings cross tenor string, slow going.

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I do not use liquid near the strings.

My method of using a dry rag with a string allows manipulation of the rag in two ways, which works better under the crossed strings.


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I use a "flogger" (NO, not THAT kind of flogger)...rather a paint brush with approx 6" long bristles used for creating fake graining in faux finishing. It gets down through the strings very effectively and when used in conjunction with a strong vacuum, does a very quick and effective job of cleaning up the soundboard. No damage ever to a board or anything else.

It's a little hard to find these days. The first one I got from Michael's craft store. Then when I needed a second one they no longer carried it. Got one through Amazon and it came from Norway or Sweden or some such far flung place as that. The very long bristles are key to its effectiveness. A regular paintbrush does not cut the mustard.

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