How to Care for a Violin Family Instrument
The life span of a violin family instrument directly correlates to how well it is taken care of. The daily ritual of cleaning and the proper storage of an isntrument are crucial to its longevity and playability. Always wipe down an instrument's strings with a soft, dry cloth after it is played. There will be rosin from the bow left on the strings and rosin dust underneath the strings on the body. This will build up and degrade the intergrity and resonance of the strings if not wiped down, as well as leave a nasty buildup on the body. also, always loosen the tension on the bow after use. Not doing this could cause the bow to warp or break over time.
Humidity and temperature are arch-enemies of violins. A good balance between the two is important for good violin health. Dry weather might casue cracking in the wood and finish whereas extreme humidity and heat could cause the varnish to bubble. It is best to keep the instrument indoors in an air-conditioned room. If you don't have the luxury of AC, an interesting trick is to keep a wet paper towel in a punctured plastic bag in the violin case. This will act as a humidifier and keep the violin relatively safe. (Additionally, humidifier accessories can be purchased at most music stores). Never leave a violin in a car, as the heat will be devastating to it. Because it it too easy too damage a violin, keep the instrument in a closed case after it has been played. Violins are delicate instruments that can be greatly injured by the slightest mishap. Following these simple rules can keep a violin around for a lifetime or longer.
Polishing a Violin
Violins are much more sensitive than other stringed instruments and as such they need a bit more attentive care. We recommend polishing a violin not more than once or twice a year. Polishing the violin will only help it to look better; it will not enhance the playability or sound. Otherwise, just keep the violin dry and dust free with a soft cloth. Use violin polish when ready but be careful NOT to get any polish on the strings or the bow. Getting polish on either of these will cause the violin to play incorrectly.