Wondering How to Properly Clean Your Piano?
Like most musical instruments, pianos are more delicate than people realize. High-quality pianos will last for years, but only if they are well maintained. This does mean having it tuned regularly and keeping it in a well-humidified space, but it also means keeping it clean. Fortunately, cleaning a Yamaha piano isn’t all that difficult; you just need to know how to go about it.
Cleaning the Outside of Your Piano
First of all, you will need to keep the keys clean and clear of dust. The best way to do this is to lightly go over the keys with a soft feather duster every couple of days. This will keep dust and other debris from settling between the keys and affecting your piano’s playability. Be sure to get in between the keys to get rid of as much dust as possible. The keys themselves can be cleaned with a soft damp cloth. White lint-free cloths are best since they won’t damage the keys or transfer any dye to them. If you have ivory keys, you should only use water with your cloth. If you have plastic keys, you can mix a small amount of dish detergent or vinegar into some water. Newer Yamaha pianos and Weber pianos will have plastic keys, but some older pianos might still have ivory keys. If you’re not sure whether or not you have ivory keys, look for a grain that runs down the keys or any warped areas.
The finish on the outside of the Yamaha and Weber pianos can be cleaned with a damp lint-free cloth. Note that the cloth should be damp and not too wet since you don’t want to leave behind too much moisture. This is usually all you will have to do. If you have to polish the finish, only use a polish that is designed for pianos. Regular household furniture polish could damage the finish.
Cleaning Inside of Your Piano
Whether you have an upright or a grand piano, you can clean dust from the soundboard with a can of compressed air or a vacuum set on reverse. Hold the can of air or the vacuum hose several inches away from the soundboard and gently blow the dust away. This is a much more delicate operation than cleaning the outside of a piano, so you should only attempt it if you’re familiar with your piano and how it works. If you have any doubts about your ability to safely clean inside of your piano, contact a professional who specializes in piano cleaning and maintenance.
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