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Cleaning my violin?
« on: Jan 07, 2004, 04:24:44 AM »
What do yall think I should use to clean my violin? I wipe off my violin after everytime I use it,but the rosin is still sticking on it a little,and it does not have the shine that it once had. I was also wondering is it ok if use water to clean it for now?Would it work?Would it hurt the violin?

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Re:Cleaning my violin?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 07, 2004, 06:32:18 AM »
my luthier recomended a mild heavily diluted (he liked Dawn) detergent on a damp cloth followed by another damp cloth with clear water.  I asked him about breathing on it like you would glasses and he liked that idea a little breath and a flannel cloth mine looks beautiful.  i never tried the detergent for rough spots from rosin i use a little spit (making sure I haven't had anything sugary lately) on the cloth seems to work won't hurt anything either.

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Re:Cleaning my violin?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 07, 2004, 01:14:01 PM »
On a fine old violin with original texture, the problem is rubbing that texture off.  Not a problem here I take it.  Microfiber cloths work very well.  Wet, wring out all the water you can, rub lightly.

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Re:Cleaning my violin?
« Reply #3 on: Jan 07, 2004, 03:11:54 PM »
Steve,
What is a microfiber cloth (cotton, synthetic)? Is this what they sell as cleaning cloths in the catalogs?

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Re:Cleaning my violin?
« Reply #4 on: Jan 07, 2004, 11:21:20 PM »
Ok,thanks for the help everyone!

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Re:Cleaning my violin?
« Reply #5 on: Jan 09, 2004, 04:26:47 PM »
I keep an old cotton diaper in my case to clean my fiddle off after practice.  I clean the strings too.  I also use string swipes to make the strings last longer (keeps down the acid from sweat).  

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Re:Cleaning my violin?
« Reply #6 on: Jan 09, 2004, 06:14:00 PM »
Regarding microfiber cloths, Shar sells them as 'microporous cleaning cloths'.   They seem to do a really good job of getting rosin off the strings and fingerboard, but the luthier that made my fiddle got a little upset when he heard I was using one to clean the top as well (it has oil varnish, still fairly soft in spots), so I've gone back to using a soft cotton cloth to wipe off the varnished surfaces.  BTW Shar says that the micropore cloth is machine-washable but that didn't seem to do a good job of getting the rosin out so I tried soaking the cloth in a tumbler of rubbing alcohol.  That did the trick but then I got to wondering if the alcohol would hurt the cloth.  Anybody know? -Steve

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Re:Cleaning my violin?
« Reply #7 on: Jan 09, 2004, 11:14:09 PM »
Back in my tape-deck fixing days, I was told that rubbing alcohol has wintergreen oil in it, which was a contaminant to avoid on rubber wheels and belts, and now also I assume not great on bow hair.

Better to use solvent alcohol from the hardware store on hair perhaps?

on second thought, the trace of oil (wintergreen from rubbing alcohol) left on a dried cloth might not matter to the varnish... haven't tried it, don't know
« Last Edit: Jan 10, 2004, 02:42:25 AM by beeswing »
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Re:Cleaning my violin?
« Reply #8 on: Jan 14, 2004, 11:19:47 PM »
On another forum someone wiser and far more experienced than me has said that rubbing alcohol is OK for bow hair.

How's it going to hurt a microfiber cloth, then?

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Re:Cleaning my violin?
« Reply #9 on: Jan 15, 2004, 10:12:13 AM »
On a fine old violin with original texture, the problem is rubbing that texture off.  Not a problem here I take it.  Microfiber cloths work very well.  Wet, wring out all the water you can, rub lightly.

Steve - what would you suggest on an old violin? I've been using a soft cotton cloth to wipe off the rosin dust but after a time the top of the violin looses it's sheen, especially in the area under the strings between the fingerboard and the bridge. What is the best way of removing this and getting the finish back?

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Re:Cleaning my violin?
« Reply #10 on: Jan 17, 2004, 03:43:40 AM »
I also use string swipes to make the strings last longer (keeps down the acid from sweat).  
I also have a package of string swipes in the case and do use them maybe once a month.

 




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