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How To Clean Your Piano Keys

This article tells you how to look after your piano's keyboard, how to clean the keys and keep them looking new, and what not to do.

I am sure that many of you would be passionate about music and might be having some of the music instrument to enjoy this pleasant joy given to us. There are different sorts of musical instruments that people usually own such as guitar, trumpet, drum, woodwinds, strings or piano. Out of these, pianos is the one that is not easy to play and also to maintain in comparison to the others.

So if you have a badly stained piano and you want to care for it then it does not require any professional cleaner or polisher but all you need is a regular soft buff with a lint free cloth. Any sprays or harsh chemicals will damage the surface of the delicate keys and will also make the instrument look older and worn.

For cleaning the ivory keys you should not:

1. Immerse in water

2. Scrub with a brush or even a scouring pad

3. Use any type of chemicals. Even washing up liquid can damage the previous

5. Use air-freshener anywhere near the keys or piano

Ivory should be gently wiped with a soft clean cloth and for stubborn marks or fingerprints you should first wash your hands and thereafter you can use a mild toothpaste without colour on a damp cloth but ensure that you gently rub and never scrub. Rinse with fresh milk with another lint free cloth and buff well.

You should leave the piano open on sunny days so that the keys stay bleached and don’t turn yellow. Keys that are badly discoloured or stained should be scraped and recovered by a professional piano cleaner.

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For cleaning plastic keys you should not:

1. Use chemicals

2. Leave the piano open for long period of time as this shall cause discoloration of the keys

3. Use furniture polish as this could be very harsh

Dust regularly and wipe occasionally with a soft solution of warm water and vinegar on clean chamois leather. Then buff well for added shine. If you want to clean the casework that usually gets very dusty you can use a vacuum cleaner attachment to get rid of any cobwebs or dust. It can take sometime but it will surely be worth and remember not to use any water or liquid to clean the casework. For stains and marks you can consult a professional piano cleaner or tuner.
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Olivia Andrews, writer of is a freelance journalist and has written reviews on many subjects.


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