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Bellows Cleaning

JIM D.

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A while back I posted on a set of affordable nippers. Today I found myself using another tool I use quite frequently for cleaning customers bellows.
Before I attempt any bellows repair I first remove what has accumulated in the bellows folds. Now unless the accordion is new and unused there will
ALWAYS be accumulated debris especially in the top bellows folds. For those of you never observe this open the bellows of your box and observe what
has accumulated over time in the top bellows folds. You should find some dust, lint, & debris that really won't interfere with the bellows operation but
nevertheless unsanitary and subject to mold growth. After cleaning bellows for years now I've found an excellent tool for this purpose ----


Thought this might be useful in keeping your box clean.
 

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Do you use it dry ?

I did try carpet foam once after seeing a suggestion somewhere, don't think it did much (might help with smells though).
 

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Hey Jim- looks like dental instruments come in handy for a lot of accordion work.

Glug- Iā€™m thinking dry. Brushing everything out.
 

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I use a 2" house painting brush, dry. šŸ™‚
A *soft* hobby painting brush should work fine. But most often these are round. I have a soft flat brush (from Italy of course...) and use it in combination with a vacuum cleaner nearby so the dust/debris does not land everywhere in my room.
 

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