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Can the harmonica be washed?
May 21, 2018

The heart of the harmonica is a reed. When it comes to the maintenance of the harmonica, most of the work is actually maintaining the reeds of the harmonica. The purpose is to give the reeds a good working environment.

If your harmonica has been blown for more than 6 months, or more than 12 months, it will inevitably contaminate the internal walls of the cell, the inner and outer walls of the spring plate, and the reeds. Most of these attachments may be brought in from the outside, or they may be rusted by the metal itself. As time goes by, the slightest odor is emitted from time to time when the harmonica approaches the mouth. At this time, it is okay to wash, but it is necessary to pay attention to the following matters.

Maybe many of my friends will take the harmonica directly on the tap. However, it must be noted that the flow rate of the faucet should not be too large, otherwise it will hurt the reed. However, this method does not work well; because it is difficult to wash away the accumulated dirt, it is actually a mixed fermentation of the dirt and it continues to become a resident after drying again.

Therefore, the recommended method is to disassemble the harmonica and perform direct operations on the spring plate and the grid to achieve good results.


Find a used soft toothbrush, wet the water and operate the spring plate along the direction of the reed. Use moderate force. Try not to use tools such as a brush, because the brush is very thin and soft, it is easy to get stuck in the gap between the reed and the spring, causing the closed spring


Then, you can use the toothbrush to carry out a full range of cleaning the cell. This refers to the plastic piano. If your waterproof capacity can be super-human, then try it anyway, but the consequences are your own. The only thing to note here is that you should not feel that plastic pianos are not afraid of water and forget to do so, otherwise you may use excessive force to break the piano. I once indulged in one of them and broke one.

OK, after cleaning, there is a very important job. That is timely drying! This is very easy to achieve. Put the cleaned spring plate and the water-soaked screw in the sun to evaporate and evaporate moisture. It is best not to expose the plastic cell. The plastic is easy to age, lose luster and become brittle, let it dry naturally on the side. You can.

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