Vomit Clean Up

May 10, 2019, 7:29 AM · I have a school violin that the student vomited on. I know I can clean it up, but was wondering if there is any cleaning agent that may be recommended by others or techniques to do so. There is a little inside the violin, mostly on the outside and in the case lining.
Thank you,
Greg

Replies (14)

May 10, 2019, 8:47 AM · Most varnish will take a little soap and water, briefly.
For the inside, maybe let it dry and shake rice grains (uncooked!) around in the violin?
May 10, 2019, 8:56 AM · Use rice for curry in the violin too. When it comes out, it's a ready meal.
May 10, 2019, 10:36 AM · Be sure to cross-reference the de-humidification thread.
May 10, 2019, 10:49 AM · If it were me, I'd of course wipe it off, but then use sparingly (using a damped wipe) some pet odor enzyme based cleaner to deal with the smell. I assume this is not an expensive instrument; most likely has an spirit based varnish, which is easier to clean without damaging.
May 10, 2019, 12:03 PM · Try fire, and lots of it.
May 10, 2019, 3:52 PM · Exactly how valuable is this violin? If it's a typical school instrument, probably not very. I'd try Adrian and Roger's suggestions, and if that didn't work, Marty's.

I'd write the case off as a loss. There is no way that case is ever coming back to its original condition.

I'm assuming the student was quite young? Perhaps time for a little speech to the entire class about how to handle a sudden indisposition (hint: PUT THE VIOLIN DOWN AND RUN). I once had a student turn white and start to sway in a private lesson; I grabbed her violin and directed her to sit down immediately. Fortunately the worst was averted.

May 10, 2019, 4:25 PM · What? You didn't have a vomit clause in the loaner agreement? Well, live and learn I guess.
May 10, 2019, 6:22 PM · My dog could use a new toy, and he doesn't seem to much care for sanitation...
Perhaps you could donate to the cause?
May 11, 2019, 1:50 AM · Vomit is a biohazard.

Would you want your child to handle something that has been contaminated by someone’s bodily fluid?

Edited: May 11, 2019, 8:01 AM · Kids. I was in a car with a 12-or-13-year-old chess wizard once. It didn't occur to him that throwing up out of the window was better than throwing up in the car.
May 11, 2019, 7:55 PM · I'm with Marty on this one.
May 11, 2019, 10:51 PM · Il Cannone just arrived in Columbus, Ohio. Make certain that kid with the vomit problem doesn't get anywhere near it. Just in case.

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