I've searched through past discussion threads and it seems like the suggested approach to cleaning rosin from strings is to simply use a dry cloth, which is what I've been doing.
I'm using a dark rosin (Pirastro Oliv/Evah) on Evah Pirazzi strings. I've noticed that even after a pretty thorough wiping with a clean dry cloth, there's a thin build up of rosin still. Its not always noticeable, but can be lifted with a bit of scraping. Up until now I've been gently running my finger/thumb nail along the string and it loosens up the remaining rosin, after which a second application of the cloth seems to get most of it. But I'm concerned that my scraping may be damaging the strings. I've read often that using alcohol on a cloth wasn't advisable, yet many people seem to be doing it and some people claim very positive results.
Just what should I be doing, and does scraping the strings damage them or shorten their life?
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