Unless you have a badly stained piano, caring for the instrument needn't mean
employing a professional cleaner or polisher. A soft buff regularly witha lint-free
cloth is all it needs. Harsh chemicals and sprays will only damage the surface
of the delicate ivory keys and will make the instrument look older and more worn
than in truly is.
Cleaning Ivory keys
-Immerse in water
-Scrub with a brush or even a scouring pad
-Use any chemicals whatsoever, even washing up liquid can damage the precious
-Do not spray with furniture polish
-Do not use air-freshener anywhere near the keys or piano.
Generally speaking, ivory should be gently wiped with a soft clean cloth. For
stubborn marks or fingerprints (it is always a good idea to wash your hands before
playing the instrument) use a mild non-coloured toothpaste on a damp cloth. Ensure
that you rub gently and do not scrub. Rinse with fresh milk with another lint-free
cloth and buff well.
Leave the piano open on sunny days so that the keys will stay bleached and will
not turn yellow. Keys that are badly discoloured or stained must be scraped and
recovered by a professional piano cleaner.
-Leave the piano open for long periods of time: this will cause discolouration
of the keys.
-Do not use furniture polish, this can be too harsh.
Dust regularly and wipe occasionally with a weak solution of warm water and vinegar
on a clean chamois leather. Buff well for added shine.
Cleaning the casework
The casework of the piano can get very dusty quickly. A good idea is to routinely
use a vacuum cleaner attachment to get rid of any dust/cobwebs. This can take
some time, but will be definately be worth it in the end. Do not use water or
any liquids/chemicals when cleaning the casework. Even the wood surface just
needs a dust with a soft cloth. For stains or marks consult a professional piano