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Cleaning Violin String's
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Fiddlestix
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OK,,, here's the scoop on cleaning your fiddle string's.

On Friday April, 20th @ 10:00 AM, I placed a call to, D'Addario Mfg. Co. in New York. I spoke with a representative named George. I told him there was some discussion about how to clean violin strings. He said it was a good question, he'd never been asked that before. He told me he would find out and call me back. He didn't call back on Friday, so this morning, April 23rd @ 11:00 AM, I called him back. He appologized for not returning my call, but he did have an answer for me.

He said, a small amount of Rubbing Alcohol on a lint free cloth is what to use, making sure that you place a cloth covering the finish on your instrument. You don't want the cleaning cloth to be sopping with Alcohol.

He told me they do make a special cleaner for guitar string's but not violin string's.

I hope this clear's up the question "WE" have all had about cleaning the string's. Now, go ahead and clean them, and happy fiddlin.

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Thanks Fiddlestix for such great research; this is such a popular question, and you went to the horse's mouth for the answer,,, no conjecture!

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Fiddlestix said
 

He said, a small amount of Rubbing Alcohol on a lint free cloth is what to use, making sure that you place a cloth covering the finish on your instrument. You don't want the cleaning cloth to be sopping with Alcohol.

 

                                      

All that's in the cleaning solution for guitar strings is denatured alcohol which is essentially the same thing as rubbing alcohol but without the high water content.  I guess you can think of denatured alcohol as the "concentrated" solution! LOL  You can pick that up pretty cheap at a hardware or drug store.    

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I use alcohol preps.  Not sure how much they are but they are very cheap. Just open the package and take out the small tissue with alcohol on it and done.  They are the ones  you use to give injections.  They are great because they never have too much alcohol on them. They are $3.89 for 200 of them.

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Fiddlerman
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Thanks Fiddlestix,

That is more or less how I do it if I have waited too long. Otherwise a dry cloth every time I finish my practicing.

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