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How do I keep the violin clean?

Rosin dust should be removed immediately after each playing or practicing session from the violin and the strings. Use a soft, lint free cloth after each practice session. This is necessary because rosin dust collects on the body of the instrument under the strings and on the strings, and if it builds up it will be difficult to get off. If you do this consistently, it shouldn’t be necessary to use a violin cleaner/polish. If you do use a polish, choose one formulated only for violins such as the Hill or the Renaissance brands. If the varnish is hard, (you can tell this if over the years it has come off in small chunks, or the repairman tells you it is hard), you can use Xylene to get off a long build up of crud usually under the strings. This product can be purchased in most hardware or home improvement stores.