Handpan maintenance- how to clean your handpan.

At Isthmus Instruments, we recommend the following regular maintenance and cleaning for your Isthmus handpan. (Other makers may have their own approach to cleaning their handpans, but we find this method to work best with our Instruments). 


* How often you clean your handpan is a matter of both preference and environmental conditions. We suggest you clean more often when the instrument has been exposed to excessively humid or salty environments.

Step 1:  Use a microfiber cloth to wipe your handpan free from dust or excessive oils.

Step 2:  Use another soft cloth (workshop paper towels or an old shirt will work), wetted with 91% isopropyl alcohol to remove old oils. Make sure you clean both sides of your handpan.

Depending on when was the last time you cleaned your handpan, you might have to repeat this action several times. 


You may choose regular maintenance in between cleanings. Start at step 3 for regular maintenance.

Step 3:   Apply Phoenix handpan oil to your handpan to maximize rust resistance.

Use an old shirt or any other cotton rag, add several drops of Phoenix handpan oil, rub into the surface and repeat as needed. Make sure you cover every spot of your handpan with this protective handpan oil layer.

The oil will change the color of the instrument to a slightly darker shade.

We recommend Phoenix handpan oil as the only oil to be used with our Isthmus handpans. This oil will not affect the sound quality of your Isthmus Instrument handpan. If you live in an especially humid climate, we suggest you monitor the surface and re-apply oil when necessary to continue to prevent rust. 

Step 4:  Use your clean microfiber cloth or a dry rag to soak the excess oil from your handpan.

Make sure you repeat this action on both sides of your handpan. If you have any questions about this cleaning method, please don't hesitate to contact us.


* There is no need to clean or oil the inside of your handpan.

* How often you clean & remove old oils in steps 1 & 2 is a matter of both preference and environmental conditions.  We suggest you monitor your instrument in it's new environment and adjust your cleaning/maintenance as necessary.

* Store your instrument outside of it's protective case, or unzip the case to allow airflow to prevent rusting.



Virginia Robinson