How To Clean & Disinfect Your Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass during COVID-19

We’ve had a couple of enquiries from prospects recently asking how they will clear/disinfect their instrument during the coronavirus outbreak.

We normally NEVER suggest utilizing spirit-based cleaners on violins as they will trigger lots of harm to the varnish. However… during this era we really feel is it crucial/acceptable to make use of alcohol wipes on SOME elements of the violin to make sure it’s correctly cleaned and disinfected.

Only use the wipes on the chinrest, strings, fingerboard and pegs. These elements are ebony and should not have varnish on them. PLEASE DO NOT USE ALCOHOL WIPES OR SPIRIT BASED CLEANERS ON THE BODY OF YOUR STRING INSTRUMENT ESPECIALLY ANY LIQUIDS SUCH AS METHYLATED SPIRITS as they will drip onto your instrument and strip the varnish!

In this video Hannah additionally explains methods to clear the physique of your instrument with out inflicting harm to the varnish. This type of Cleaning ought to solely be performed each 1-2 weeks.

We did not point out the tailpiece and wonderful tuners within the video, nevertheless to scrub these you should use the alcohol wipes as tailpieces aren’t varnished. You must also be Cleaning the underside of the neck and this may be performed utilizing dishwashing liquid and water.

For every day Cleaning and upkeep ideas, please seek advice from our video on ‘How to care to your violin, viola, cello or double bass’

For recommendation on methods to take away rosin and sticky residue out of your instrument, please seek advice from our video on ‘How to scrub your violin, viola, cello or double bass’

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