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3 steps to keeping your piano dust free

Robert Langley

Like all pieces of furniture in your home, your piano will require cleaning every now and again. To get it really sparkling, a piano technician can give it a thorough cleaning inside and out. It’s best not to do this yourself as you could damage the strings, timbers or the external finish of your piano. However, there are steps you can take to keep it looking good in between professional cleans.

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Step 1 - Keep the dust out!

The fallboard (the lid that covers the keys) should be kept closed when the piano is not in use. This protects the key coverings from accidental damage and keeps dust out of the playing mechanism.

If you have a grand piano, make sure the lid is closed after playing. For houses in humid areas, this might help slow the development of rust on the strings as well.

Step 2 - Get the dust off!

Despite looking robust, a piano’s finish is actually quite delicate. To remove dust, use a new, clean and very soft microfibre cloth. This should become your piano dusting cloth and should only be used for this purpose and no other. This is particularly important for pianos with a lacquer or polyester finish (black shiny pianos) as dirty or well used cloths can retain dust and dirt which will leave fine scratches in the finish of your piano.

When dusting, make sure you gently wipe the dust off and do not press down hard. Pressing hard will leave scratches no matter how soft a cloth you use.

Step 3 - Clean!

Abrasive cleaners should be avoided at all costs, such as polishes and most household cleaning products. In most cases, all you will need to do is dust with your microfibre cloth.

The below advice only applies to pianos with a shiny finish. If you have a french polished piano, then seek advice from a professional french polisher or piano technician.

If you have a mark on your piano, such as a sweaty handprint you might need something to help remove it. In most cases, go for a glass cleaner, Earth Choice Glass Cleaner is a good one to use as it is ammonia free. Spray the cleaner directly onto your microfibre cloth, one spray is enough. Using too much cleaning product can leave streaks on your piano. Wipe the mark gently until it is removed, making sure to wipe away residual cleaning product. That’s all that is required.

By following the above steps, you will keep your piano looking good between professional cleans.

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