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Cleaning piano keys—keep your music looking as good as it sounds

Cleaning piano keys—keep your music looking as good as it sounds

Perhaps over the last year you have discovered, or rediscovered, a love for playing piano. And as you know, practice makes perfect, but more practice means using your piano keys a lot. Frequent use will mean more cleaning for you, but fear not—it doesn’t have to be hard work! We’ll show you how to clean piano keys carefully, and give you some tips on how to prevent your piano from getting too grubby.

Why clean a piano or keyboard?

Due to frequent use, piano or keyboard keys will often get dirtier than the rest of the piano. Because these surfaces get touched frequently and by our hands, which will be in contact with loads of other surfaces, it is really important to clean piano keys. This is not only so the keys don’t get damaged by grease and other grime. Here’s how to clean piano keys without damaging them.

Cleaning piano or keyboard keys carefully

  1. If using an electric piano, make sure it is switched off and unplugged before proceeding.
  2. Gently wipe down the white piano keys using a mild dish soap on a damp cloth. This will help lift grime and cut through grease.
  3. Once you’ve cleaned your keys with the cleaning solution, make sure you dry them using a microfiber cloth that will absorb a lot of excess moisture.
  4. If you notice that your drying cloth is still picking up dust or dirt, repeat the gentle wipe-down with the cleaning solution.
  5. Now repeat the process on the black keys.

If you’ve got discoloration on your piano keys, try using a commercial piano key cleaner. That should help get your piano looking good as new.

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Try to avoid…

  1. If you use a spray bottle, you risk getting the cleaning solution in between the keys and this could cause a bigger problem than grubby keys. Make sure you use a damp cloth rather than spraying directly onto the piano.
  2. When wiping down the keys, move from back to front so you don’t push any dust under the backs of the keys, but instead pull it down toward you so it can be removed.
  3. Using rougher cloths or even a sponge is ill-advised because it could scratch the keys. This makes cleaning harder in the long run as dust gets trapped in the grooves of the scratches, but also damages the look of your instrument.

We hope that we’ve helped maintain your piano so that you can enjoy your hobby all the more. Other hobbies unfortunately require maintenance too, so if you need to know how to clean gardening tools or how to clean your laptop screen  then look no further than our dedicated articles. Check them out.

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