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rotex13
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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"

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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.

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Fiddlerman
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May 15, 2011 - 12:38 am
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Oliver is right. Be careful with any chemicals that are not specifically designed for use on a violin. The best thing that you can do is wipe the violin after every usage to avoid the excess rosin build-up. Luthiers often make their own cleaners that contain their own mixture of oil and spirits. Type of oil and spirits vary. The varnish should clean off the rosin, not remove varnish and make the instrument shiny. There are plenty of products available for purchase at most music stores that sell string instruments.

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Yeah it's better to buy a cleaner from a music store to be safe, thanks.

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I like Hill's Violin Polish. A little goes a long way because you don't have to use it very often. For daily use just wipe it with a soft cloth (cloth diapers are marvelous for this b.t.w).

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May 16, 2011 - 4:10 pm
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I think that I used Hill about 20 years ago. I had forgotten about that. Now, I don't even own a polish. I usually leave my fiddle to the Luthier once a year for intense cleaning.

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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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Id be afraid anything on the wood might effect sound if it clogged up the pours in the wood. 

I have always wonderd about that.

How about it fiddle builders? Can you put oil on a violin and not effect sound?dunno

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