Taking care of your string instrument:
. Always keep your instrument in the case when not in use.
. Clean your instrument several times a week with a DRY micro fibre/ lint free cloth. NEVER USE POLISH OR STANDARD HOUSEHOLD CLEANING PRODUCTS ON YOUR INSTRUMENT. In particular, wipe away excess rosin from around the bridge and fingerboard area. Rosin build-up can cause damage to the varnish and will have to be cleaned by a professional if left unattended.
. Clean your strings regularly with perfume or aftershave (perhaps monthly depending on use).
. Keep your chinrest clean too regularly, perhaps with a baby wipe or anti-bacterial wipe. Grime and sweat from playing can build up on the chinrest area (Violins and Violas).
. Avoid extreme temperatures, leaving the instrument next to a radiator or in a cold damp room, or in direct sunlight in a car and so on.
. Your bow only needs to be rosined once a week at most. Avoid putting too much rosin on your bow.
. Always loosen your bow when putting it back in the case after use.
. When tightening your bow for playing, always insure it KEEPS its BOW SHAPE. It should be tightened to approximately a baby finger or pencil width at the centre of the bow. Ever so slightly more for Cellos and Basses. A German bow for a bass should to be tightened to about one and a quarter inches.
. If your bow begins to break hairs from regular use, it’s time to take it to a professional to be re-haired.
. If you have a very good instrument that is being used frequently, it is advisable to bring it to a professional once a year to 18 months for a professional clean and service.