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Since I have this used violin last week, I use a Multipurpose protectant cleaner to clean my violin and to remove the harden rosin (I think the old owner doesn't clean this violin). Is it safe? the label said that it is "water based formulation designed to safely restore deep shades and tones of rubber, leather, vinyl, and colored plastic. It contains special additives to protect surface form UV rays"
Most luthiers do not recommend using cleaners on violins.
If you already have used the cleaner and all is OK, then be sure to keep the violin clean each time you play with just a dry wiping cloth.
I think that a cleaner that can remove rosin is too strong to use all the time.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Back in high school my dad suggested saddle soap (an oil based cleaner) to clean the rosin/dust build up. I had quite the rosin build up- looked practically white. He took out his saddle soap from his boot polishing box and applied some of it on a soft suede shammy and rubbed gently in a circular motion like you would apply car polish, then with a clean shammy used the same gentle circular motion to remove the extra saddle soap and buffed it gently. It looked brand new! I have been using saddle soap ever since, but sparingly (every few months), which he suggested and it has never harmed my oil finish.
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