How to Clean Your Piano
Do you enjoy playing piano or you just keep it in your dining room as a classy accessory for your interior? In both cases, you should know how to keep your beautiful piano in perfect shape. You need to clean it regularly, so here are a few tips how to do it properly.
Dust it carefully
Regular dusting is recommended. It should be done with a feather duster. Do not attempt to dust it with a dry cloth, because this could rub the dust into the finish and cause scratches.
No paper towels!
Avoid using paper towels or terry cloth rags for cleaning it too. If you are going to use a cloth, make sure it is flannel, chamois or other very soft fabric. The cloth needs to be very slightly damp, preferably with purified (distilled) water, because the minerals in tap water can cause damage to the finish of the piano. Clean gently and immediately dry the cleaned area with another soft cloth.
Close the piano before cleaning
Do not attempt to clean any of the inside areas of your piano. This is done by professionals only. Do not place anything directly on top of the piano. Place a cloth beneath any object you want to place on it.
Don’t spray any cleaning detergents directly onto the piano. If you are going to polish it, put the polish on the cloth instead. To reduce the dust in the room, you should get an air purifier. Vacuum regularly and keep the piano top closed, and the piano covered whenever possible.
Be careful with the polishing
Before attempting to polish your piano, you need to know whether the finish is lacquer or polymer. There is a difference in the polishing products. Lacquer looks like other wooden furniture and looks easy to scratch. Lacquer finishes commonly develop a waxy build-up and the varnish can soften of dry out quickly in hot and dry weather. Polishing should be done sparingly – once or twice a year.
The piano keys!
Cleaning the piano keys is necessary because of the sweat and oils from our skin which gets transferred to them when playing. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before you play. Use a soft, slightly damp cloth which has been dipped in distilled water with a few drops of mild hand dish washing detergent. Wipe each key towards you, and not side to side, because the moisture can get in between them and cause serious damage to the piano.
Don’t use any furniture polish or other detergents for this cleaning, if you want the piano to look and to sound great for years to come. Make sure you refer to a professional cleaner when the time comes for internal cleaning.