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Rosin is building up, should I remove it?
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 I routinely wipe down my fiddle every time but rosin seems to be building up beneath the strings. It's getting sticky and tacky and I'm afraid it's probably getting worse each time I play.

Is there a product that you guys use or recommend that will safely clean it off or should I leave that to a luthier?

I use the dark violin rosin by Kolstein, I know it's a more sticky rosin but it barely leaves a residue.

All help and suggestions are greatly appreciated! 🙂

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Hi there V1ol1n,

some people are known to use a wine cork and rub it on the strings to remove excess rosin build up. I just use a folded paper towel on mine seems to work for me.

With violins there is no fretting over the music.

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Do you mean on the underside of the strings or on the actual belly of the violin under the strings?

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My luthier recommend denatured alcohol (ethanol, the stuff you can drink, not methanol (aka wood alcohol)).  Be sure to use something like plastic wrap to protect the violin from it (safest way would probably be to take off the string).

I've heard the cork idea before, too; from Fiddlerman, if I remember right.

You can go to a liquor store and get Everclear. These days, finding a bottle of wine with a real cork in it may actually be harder. 🙂

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Sorry, I was unclear.

It's building up on the table of the violin just beneath the strings.

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I would NOT recommend putting alcohol on the surface of your violin. You could ruin your finish, they make cleaners and polish for removing rosin and grime. You can get it online or found local music store.

I hope this helps you.

With violins there is no fretting over the music.

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I, umm,,err,,have lots of wine corks.
Just continue to wipe off your violin with a soft cloth.  Over time it will be clean.

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I use ever clear when it gets bad but only on the strings. Carefully turn the bottle upside with a cotton clothe against the opening and apply on the dryer side rather than soaking the rag. Don't do this too often as you can dry out the strings if done excessively. If you wipe your strings regularly you won't need to do this so often. 🙂
I never tried the cork thing but it sounds interesting.
We make our own cleaner here using water, alcohol, vinegar, soap and oil. The percentages I will not attempt to give you. 🙂

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