How To Clean The Piano Keys

Cleaning the piano is essential in making sure you, your piano teacher, and students are safe.  Many germs can be spread from touching, breathing, and our skin itself.  The piano is home to many opportunities to share germs. The good news is that prevention and routine cleaning can make less of a risk to catch sickness.  Finding a regular time, process, and materials for cleaning your piano is valuable.  Doing this can instill good habits of cleanliness over time.

For students having piano lessons at home, wash your hands before and after you play.  We suggest either leaving hand sanitize close to the piano, or making a note to yourself on the piano itself to wash hands before you play.  It is important for your teacher as well to wash their hands before they play with you, so be sure to show them where the washroom is!

Many times people neglect the difficult to reach part of the piano key.  Most often found, at the top of the piano key.  In the picture to the left we show the area which is often neglected.  Please see the yellow areas shown.  To reach this area of the key and clean well, we suggest putting your cleaning cloth covered over a long hard textured item.  For instance, such as a knitting needle or pencil.  From here, use the item to reach between the keys with the cloth.  Gently clean the key in a downwards motion for 5-10 seconds.  You can clean the black keys by placing a cloth over the key.  Then, using your hand in a downwards motion, wipe the black key in a downwards motion.

List of Do Not’s!

  1. Do not use bleach when you clean the piano keys. Bleach may strip the wood, or damage the key.  This may result in the key being more fragile and likely to chip.  Instead, use an alcohol based or natural remedy soap. Click here to learn how to make your own soap at home.
  2. Do not use a scented soap if you are sensitive or allergic to smells.  This may result in the keys smelling for a while.
  3. Do not use water on wood to clean the surface of the piano.  Water on the outside of the piano wooden areas can result in the wood deteriorating.  Wood can also result in rotting. Instead of using water, wash the lid and outside of the piano with a lint cloth.  See some examples of lint cloths here.

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