I just wanted to share with you a recent discovery I made. It may seem funny and unusual but it helped me a lot.
Most of the time I practice or perform my hands are quite sweaty. But that is not a big problem. Many other violinist do . The real problem is that it turns out that the PH my sweat contains is quite acidic. So strings wouldn´t last long - normally they are good for only a couple of weeks or so.(I am talking about synthethic core strings). I´ve tried different solutions such as cleaning them with water, alcohol, Pirastro String Cleaner, etc. but nothing worked out. Untill I heard a member of my family talk about WD40 and how great it was battling corosion in metals apart from its other thousand and one uses:))
So I decided to give it a try...Surprisingly it worked out!! Now after my everyday practice I clean my strings with WD40 applied on a soft tissue and this has extended their life to more than a month which is quite ok to me.
Maybe not many people have the same problem but for those who do do not hesitate to try it. A few tips from my experince this far would be : don´t clean the strings between the bridge and the fingerboard as this would make them lose brightness and responsivness immediately! Apply the WD40 on the tissue in an open room with good amount of fresh air and after that dry your strings and fingerboard with another tissue.
Hope this helps someone!:)
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