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cleaning bow hairs

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by musicmania, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. musicmania


    Jan 12, 2006
    Do any of you guys know if there is any way, other than rosin, to clean bow hairs? I think i might have gotten too much oils on my bow and wondered of there was a way to get rid of it with getting it restrung. Thanks for your help. :)
    ~High school orchestra student
  2. A little alchohol with a tooth brush works for me.
  3. B. Graham

    B. Graham Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    I use alchohol and a comb (gently).
  4. Alex Scott

    Alex Scott

    May 8, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I use comet and a toothbrush and a little water, but I do not get water in the joints.
  5. The alcohol/toothbrush or comb works fine. However, if you use alcohol, make damned sure it doesn't touch any wood or varnish.
  6. Absolutely. A little goes a long way.
  7. Dr Rod

    Dr Rod

    Aug 19, 2005
    just as a curiosity, about 15 years ago my hairdresser neighbour told me to clean my bow hair with a mix of professional bleach and peroxide. He said I had to be quick otherwise the mix would eat up the hair. It worked pretty well, the rosin diluted in a matter of seconds. I wouldn't do it again though.
  8. basswraith


    Mar 10, 2003
    I use Acetone. Same as nail polish remover. I let the hair soak in a bowl for 4 min. All the crap falls off. It drys fast too.