Frequently Asked Questions

24) How can I clean my piano?

It depends on what you want to clean.  The wooden furniture portion of the piano is usually cleaned with a soft, lintless cloth, slightly dampened with water if you wish.  If the wood has a grain, wipe in the direction of the grain.  Be careful about using commercially available furniture polish – manufacturers sometimes recommend against it.  There are special polishes available from piano technicians for different kinds of piano finishes.  In any case, follow the piano manufacturer’s recommendations if available. Larry Fine

For cleaning the key tops, slightly dampen a cloth with a mild solution of soap and water and rub the key tops, but do not let any water run down the sides of the keys.  Then dry the key tops off right away with a dry cloth.  Especially if the key tops are made of ivory, do not let water stand on them for any length of time.  Rarely, stain from the black keys will rub off, so you may wish to use separate cloths for black and white keys. Larry Fine

To avoid damage, I recommend having a piano technician clean the soundboard under the strings, the inside of the action, and under the keys. Larry Fine

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