Cleaning harp strings

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    unknown-user on #164686

    There was an article somewhere I read and didn’t print that tells how to clean harp strings.

    unknown-user on #164687


    Pat Eisenberger on #164688

    My teacher would wipe down her harp strings with alcohol after a day’s worth of lessons. She has many youngsters, and she didn’t trust them to wash their hands.

    barbara-brundage on #164689

    Just wipe them down with a dry cloth.

    unknown-user on #164690

    I wipe my strings down with a dry cloth too. What effect would water, cleaners, anti-bacterial wipes, etc. have on the strings? I worry that the bass strings might rust, and the gut and nylon strings disintigrate. Would the sound of the strings change?

    bernhard-schmidt on #164691


    since we had a similar question at the German forum I made a test with a product named

    barbara-brundage on #164692

    >Could any of this happen?

    It probably wouldn’t hurt the nylon strings, but I wouldn’t risk it on gut or wire.

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