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How To Clean Your Violin Strings
Easily, Quickly, Safely and Economically

(also for viola, cello and bass strings)

Important introduction - please read!

There's already plenty of information out there telling you how to clean your violin strings. However, before you choose a method, you need to be aware of a few issues. Cleaning rosin and dust off your violin strings appear to be a simple straightforward thing, but the method you choose could have adverse consequences.

The root problem is that rosin dust is sticky, and builds up on the strings over time because it combines with moisture in the air, sticking on when it dries. Gradually, this caked on layer of rosin thickens, altering the diameter of the string, affecting the tone. The challenge is to clean the rosin off without damaging the strings.

Some of the following methods for cleaning violin strings are used but have their problems:

Using alcohol will definitely get rosin off, but it will definitely ruin your violin strings in no time. The alcohol and rosin will bleed into the string's interior, altering the windings and core thereby changing the tone characteristics. Strings that should normally last you for one year with normal playing, would only last about one month with alcohol usage. Besides this, you run the risk of damaging the varnish on your violin if any alcohol spills on it.

Using steel wool, sandpaper or similar abrasive, will definitely shorten the strings life by weakening it. For example, dust from the steel wool would get between the string windings and rust.

Using water will get some of the rosin dust off, but it is not an effective solvent for rosin that has been caked on the strings.

Using a cotton or microfibre cloth can help wipe off some rosin dust, but not completely. In fact, wiping the rosin dust can even flatten it on the string, especially in areas of high humidity.

Wouldn't it be nice to clean your violin strings easily of ALL rosin, even the caked on layers, without using any liquids, chemicals or abrasives? Without causing any damage? And do it fast and economically?

Happily, the answer is YES!



violin Sweet String cleaning pads

Manufactured in Canada, these special pads are able to clean ALL rosin off your violin strings, leaving them like new in a few strokes. SWEET STRING material is specially selected to be non abrasive, non corroding and safe for gentle use on delicate string surfaces such as metal, synthetic or gut musical strings. Do not confuse the texture of these pads with other pads of similar texture you find at your local grocery store. These pads are manufactured with just the right "strength", but without the damaging effects of abrasion.

Note the following advantages of using these pads:

  • SWEET STRING is dry and safe to use as there is nothing to drip on the violin or absorb into the string windings and core.
  • SWEET STRING easily scrapes the rosin off the string without abrading or scratching.
  • SWEET STRING is the "cleanest" method to clean rosin from strings to keep your strings sounding as they were intended.
  • SWEET STRING shape & size is selected to be most effective for efficiency and ease of use.
  • SWEET STRING is featherweight and small, fitting easily anywhere in your violin case.
  • SWEET STRING can be cleaned easily by air or water, and reused for a VERY long time.


Learning how to clean your violin strings easily with REZX Sweet String pads only takes a couple of minutes.

Each package of REZX SWEET STRING comes with three pads.

REZX SWEET STRING cleaning pad
- Fold pad in two and create a firm crease.
- Hold folded pad between thumb and forefinger.
- Place pad over string such that the folded edge is angled upward sufficiently that it does not hit the end of the fingerboard.
- With gentle pressure downwards and pinching the string, stroke the string with the pad. Usually 3 or 4 strokes is sufficient depending on pressure applied and amount of old rosin residue. Once strings are cleaned regularly, one or two strokes is all that is needed.
- When string is clean, the pad will slide smoothly over the string.
- Do not scrub the string with excessive strokes or pressure.
- Repeat on each string on areas where there is rosin deposit.
- To test the effect of cleaning, play your instrument and carefully note the tone. After cleaning, play again and note the improvement.
- Do not use SWEET STRING on instrument body or finishes.
- Note that some pads may have black ink on one side that is the manufacturers marking and will not affect performance of the pad.
Using the REZX SWEET STRING cleaning pad


Using these pads is a pleasant experience. They really clean your violin strings easily, shining clean like new, and fast. No mess, no damage. Finally, they are small and light enough to store in your violin case or the music pocket. You really need to try these pads yourself to experience what we are talking about.


Only CAD $7.95 + applicable taxes (Canada only) To order this item click "Add to Cart" button on the right.
Comes with a set of 3 reusable pads and instruction sheet.

Item #14-975ZX

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