How to Clean a Violin

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So, you have got your new violin, and you already know how to take care of it. But what about the day-to-day cleaning rituals? How can you keep it from getting gunky from the rosin? These steps will show you things you should always do before putting your violin away. Violins are pretty durable if well-handled.


  1. Wipe down the strings. Using a soft cloth, wipe all the rosin that accumulated during your playing from the strings. Make sure you get all of it off.
  2. Wipe down the face of the violin. Using the same cloth (but a different side), wipe down the entire wooden face of the violin. Make sure you get around the F-holes.
  3. When dusting the rosin out from under the bridge, be very careful. The bridge is liable to become crooked and mess up your playing. Try using a Q-tip to get under and around it.
  4. Wipe the bow, too. Dont wipe the strings, just do the stick. It keeps the rosin buildup from affecting the bow.
  5. Occasionally (once or twice a year), you can also polish your violin using only commercial polishes made specifically for the violin. Dont do it too often, as it can damage the strings.


  • When you store your violin, its better to have high humidity than low. Get a good humidifier to keep your violins wood from cracking or bending.
  • Limit the places you touch with your hands. The oils on your skin attack the varnish and leave marks.

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