Last Updated: 14/03/2009
Didgeridoo maintenance is necessary and simple.
If left standing for long periods sometimes insects and spiders make a home from the inside, dust, spit, possibly lunch and the residue from a full on Didgeridoo playing session can all leave their mark. Therefore cleaning the inside of your didgeridoo is recommended from time to time! Using warm water with the smallest amount of sugar soap and a hint of tea tree or eucalyptus oil you can refresh the inside of your didgeridoo every year or three. Just pour a couple of cup fullís through and leave your Didgeridoo in a warm drying area to ensure the inside gets a chance to dry out thoroughly.
Our didgeridoos are sealed on the outside with oil, natural resin varnish, polyurethane varnish, sanding sealer, ochre wood glue mix or occasionally left with just the natural wood glue mix for a more traditional feel. All of the Didgeridoo makers we work with use one of these methods to seal the inside of every Didgeridoo for sale in our store.
With the natural resin or polyurethane varnish, basically no maintenance is required. This gives a water proof exterior. If used outdoors or roughed around a lot, another coat may be beneficial every 3-10 years ( depending upon your didgeridoo and use)
With an oiled finish , a periodic oil is beneficial, and the timing is dependent upon climate and use. We would recommend an 6 to 12 monthly oiling.
With an ochre /wood glue finish , the exterior is water resistant not proof, so minimise water on the outside. With age it becomes more water resistant. If you desire it to be water proof applying a flat varnish to the outside will give a similar finish with more protection. You can use brush or spray
The inside of our didgeridoos are fully sealed with either beeswax , oil, sometimes natural resin varnish, wood glue mix and sanding sealers. Only occasionally we leave the inside unsealed and this is rarely done except on traditional Yidaki to keep each Didgeridoo in its perfect natural state.
If a didgeridoo is well looked after, there is little to no need to reseal the inside. This is definitely the case with a didgeridoo beeswaxed, natural resin varnished, glue mix, or sanding sealed on the inside because of the complete a seal these methods offer.
With the beeswax sealed Didgeridoos, such as our collector art Didgeridoos, regular water clean though is helpful to clear out any insects that may like the wax. With an oiled didgeridoo you may give a flush through with oil- perhaps linseed oil, tung oil or organ oil, but only where a didgeridoo is climatically or use wise, needing some extra nourishment to prolong its life.
You Didgeridoo is a valuable instrument and a valuable friend. Treat it with love and it will remain a loyal mate for life!