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Don't fret over fret boards - use lemon oil,
This review is from: Dunlop Formula 65 Lemon Oil 4oz Pump (Electronics)
ALWAYS CHECK BOTTLE DETAILS - this should not be used on maple fretboards
Fretboards are usually made from maple, rosewood, Pao Ferro or ebony and well-used fretboards become unsightly and dirty unless cleaned regularly but it is not just dirt; the harmful effects of sweat, salt and water, will not be removed by simple rubbing with a cloth. Fretboards need to be cleaned to maintain their appearance and increase their effectiveness; although ebony fretboards do not need the continued nourishment other woods require, all fretboards look better after a thorough clean.
Combined with good fretboard oil, this lemon oil removes the grime and begins the replenishing process, brings a sparkle back to the frets and a lustre to the wood itself. Use it in moderation, do a four or five fretboard section at a time and wipe off the dirt and grime with a fluff-less cloth before applying a recommended fretboard oil in the same way, rubbing it into each fret section to assist penetration. (On very dirty fretboards which have not been cleaned recently after some lengthy practice or heavy playing, use a wooden toothpick to clean behind the frets before wiping the oil and dirt clean; wood is essential because it does not damage the fretboard.)
As one other reviewer pointed out, this is not the 4oz pump; I have had the pump version but prefer this as it is more controllable, although when I used the pump I sprayed onto a cloth before applying it and that was straightforward. This is the far more manageable cloth top through which the oil seeps at a gentle rate and I apply it directly onto the fretboard. Users may be tempted to rub hard with this applicator but I simply use it to apply the oil and clean with another throwaway, fluff-less cloth as rubbing too hard with the cloth top wears it away too quickly and it also leaves dirt and grime on the top. It is worth finding a good, fluff-less cloth, otherwise cloth fibres can be left looking unsightly on the fretboard, .