Many people have asked me, “How do I clean and condition my rosewood fingerboard?” Here is the simple and inexpensive way that I do it.
1. First, use a bit of naptha on a paper towel to clean and remove all dirt. Sometimes it takes several applications to get it all off.
2. Once the fingerboard is dry, apply a bit of the old-fashioned 3-In-1 oil to a rag, and rub it into the wood.
3. Allow the oil to dry, and buff it off with a clean paper towel.
The thing I like about this technique is that it darkens the color of the rosewood a bit. It feels great, and it doesn’t attract dirt like many commercial fingerboard conditioners do. Give it a try, and see how you like it.