Handpan maintenance- how to clean your handpan.

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At Isthmus Instruments, we recommend the following regular maintenance and cleaning for your Isthmus handpan if it has a serial number from #001- #130, or if it was previously oiled with a Phoenix handpan oil.  (If you would like to try a new oil, or switch to Seal1 oil, follow steps 1 and 2 and replace Step 3 with a Seal1 oil. If your instrument was already oiled with Seal1, follow the instructions sent with your instrument.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about your Isthmus handpan).

CLEANING:

* 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 70% isopropyl alcohol to remove old oils. Make sure you clean both sides of your handpan.

To prevent visual streaking when removing old oils, and for the cleanest look, apply the alcohol and quickly dry it off in a circular motion with a clean microfiber cloth before the alcohol evaporates from the surface. 

MAINTENANCE (Oiled handpans):

* If your instrument does not have oil on the surface, continue to follow your unique handpan care instructions given to you, before choosing to add oil.

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

Step 3:   Apply Phoenix handpan oil to your handpan to increase 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 at this time. 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.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

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

* If your instrument does not have oil on the surface, continue to follow your unique handpan care instructions given to you, before choosing to add oil.

* 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