How to clean a piano

2nd February 2017

Pianos are very durable musical instruments, but if you want to make sure that your piano will stay in top shape for many years, you must clean it on a regular basis. Thanks to proper maintenance, cleaning, and dusting, the piano shouldn’t need professional cleaning, at least not frequently. Here’s a quick guide to cleaning a piano.

First of all, focus on the keys as they are obviously one of the most used parts of this instrument. Start by dusting the keys with a feather duster. If your piano has ivory keys, clean them with a perfectly clean cloth made of microfibre or flannel. You should use a damp cloth for better results. Stay away from coarse cloths because they can scratch these fine keys. If your piano has plastic keys, you can use ordinary cleaning products for this process. You will need damp cloth and cleaning solution to get the job done.

Next, you must pay attention to the soundboard and casework. Start by cleaning the finish. Once again, it would be best to use a clean damp soft cloth to rub the outer part of your piano. Start with small parts of the piano and use a dry cloth after you are finished with each part. Use a slightly damp cloth and a soft cloth. If you notice that the finish requires polishing, use just a small amount of specially designed piano polish on a soft clean cloth. Finally, use your vacuum in reverse to remove dust from the soundboard. Never touch any part of the piano with your vacuum cleaner. Remember that you can always use a professional cleaning service provider that has experience in this field if you need an in-depth cleaning job.

To keep you piano clean, you can follow a few simple tips. For instance, always wash your hands before using your piano. Furthermore, keep the piano safe from extreme temperatures and whenever you want to place some object on the piano make sure that it has a protective base.

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