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When bows come in to the shop for rehair I consider it part of the job to clean them up before putting in the new hair. On bows which are rehaired every year or so a light wipe of the stick with alcohol and a few swipes with a buffing stick on the silver along with cleaning and lubricating the screw is usually all that is needed. However fairly often someone brings in something which hasn’t seen a professional rehairing in years and has clotted black rosin coating the stick and black or green tarnish thickly covering the metal parts. How much should this be cleaned? Should it be discussed with the client first? Do people charge extra for the cleaning? Some older bows actually don’t look great with the silver polished especially if there are real nicks and scratches which can end up as black freckles on a polished surface. What are others using to clean bows and what results are you looking for? Comments appreciated.