Should you clean violin strings?

Wipe them thoroughly each and every time you take them off your instrument. You don’t want a black, sticky residue left behind, which makes it impossible to remove a new string from the other string. Then, take a new string and let it dry. If you have been clean without cleaning string on a guitar, you’ll have nothing to worry about. But if your strings are getting a little dirty, you should clean them again if possible.

I’ve been asked how to clean violin strings. I’ve mentioned the two methods above and explained some tips below. But what about cleaning the strings? I know, it’s not an easy job. That’s why I wanted to share some techniques that may work for some people.

Wiping violin strings off

Most violin strings come off easily with a rag or toothbrush. You don’t have to worry about damaging the strings, so it might be a good idea to do this right away. If you’re used to cleaning your bow, try the same thing with your violin’s strings to check for damage.

In most cases, you have to take your violin off with your own hands because its hinges can become damaged. But if you’re using a guitar, use your fingertips as a guide instead. The wood is thicker, so feel along the guitar’s neck – you might even get some hair.

Try to prevent any dust from getting on the strings, especially the nut, soapy water and a rag. If you can get the water right under the strings, you might even be able to see if there is any dirt under there. But please only use a little bit; you don’t want to get too much on the string – that will hurt it and make it impossible to rewind.

Try to get the guitar and guitar strings clean and as smooth as possible. After you’ve washed your guitar, try to clean its strings before you start rewinding.

If the strings do get wet, just put them inside a small container full of water or a cloth soaked in hot water and wipe them down to get rid of any residue.


Wiping the strings

If you haven’t got a rag handy, or if you don’t like doing it yourself, you can use either a rag or piece of paper to wipe off your strings on your violin. You are simply wiping them with your fingers to get rid of any dirt or filth.

The reason this is good is that the cleaner you get to