Cleaning A Violin- The Natural Way
On my return to pick up the violin, I caught him in the act of finishing up his ‘professional’ cleaning, and this is what I found. He was holding my violin close to his face and blowing steam with his mouth onto the wood then quickly drying it off with a soft clean cloth (See video demo below). He chuckled when he saw my confused look and said that it was the best method he had found to clean and shine up the violin with no hard chemicals or polishes that would build up and damage the violin’s varnish.
For best results, keep your violin free from rosin and dust on a daily basis by cleaning a violin with a clean soft cloth at the end of each practice session. Use my Luthier’s cleaning method every once in a while as needed to really give your violin a sparkle.
Steps to Cleaning a Violin1. Get a small soft clean cloth. (Make sure it is soft and has a smooth surface as some harder clothes can scratch your violin).
2. Hold your instrument a couple of inches away from your mouth.
3. Open your mouth wide and slowly blow steam onto your violin. This is just enough moisture to get the dirt off, but your not actually sopping your violin in water.
4. Quickly dry the spot off with your soft clean cloth.
5. Move around the entire violin repeating the process. It does take a couple of minutes because you’re only doing a small surface area at a time. I repeat the process over the really tough and dirty spots.
6. Step back and admire your beautiful, happy, and chemical free violin!
Go green and go safe! Use this method to clean your violin without the harsh chemicals or worry of damaging your violin!