Cleaning Piano Keys?



Asked by: Aimee Moore

Dampen a cotton pad with hydrogen peroxide and use the pad to wipe down the piano keytops (back to front) between players. Use diluted alcohol-based disinfectants, do not use bleach-based disinfectants or any product containing citrus. If using a spray or liquid bottle, use a disposable pads or soft cloths.

How do I get my piano keys white again?





Gently buff white piano keys with a thin layer of mild, white toothpaste, and follow the general key-cleaning tips. Wipe away toothpaste residue with a cloth slightly dampened with whole milk, and dry immediately. Indirect sunlight after a cleaning can help prevent white piano keys from yellowing.

Can you use Windex on piano keys?

Fingerprints or similar marks can be cleaned with a dampened soft cloth, followed by a dry cloth. In cases of stubborn greasy dirt, using a small amount of mild detergent (such as mild dishwashing liquid) on the damp cloth may help, as can a high-quality spray window cleaner such as Windex™.

Can you clean piano keys with alcohol?

The easiest solution for cleaning your key tops is the following: A Damp – not wet. If this doesn’t get all the dirt and gunk off the keys then you can try a high solution of alcohol (90% rubbing alcohol) but just damp and not wet. It’s important not to use too much alcohol on the keys as it can damage them.

How do you remove old stains from piano keys?

You should first thoroughly dust the keys and then clean them with diluted vinegar. However make sure to use the teensiest bit, since strong acid with corrode dental bone. The ideal ratio is one part of vinegar in 4 parts of water. Also use only flannel or cheesecloth to scrub the keys.

Can you use magic eraser on piano keys?





For most pianos, regular dish soap and a washcloth will do the trick. Be advised, however, that if you have an electric piano, any liquid (even water) should be avoided, as this can damage the electrical components inside. In that scenario, it’s best to use a damp sponge or chemically-treated wipe such as Magic Eraser.

How do you whiten yellow ivory piano keys?

You can also use white toothpaste to clean ivory keys. Be sure to use normal, plain white toothpaste only. The gel and colored toothpaste corrode and discolor ivory. This will help whiten the keys again.

Can I use Pledge to clean my piano?

It is not safe to use Pledge on a piano because this polish can damage the piano’s wood and soften its overall finish over time. The strings of a piano should never be exposed to Pledge or any other kind of furniture cleaner since this can alter the piano’s sound.

Can you use nail polish remover on piano keys?

It is never safe to use any form of solvent when cleaning keys or piano finishes, as they will cause damage. These solvents would include lacquer thinner, acetone or nail polish remover, naphtha and paint thinners.

How do I clean the black finish on my piano?

Beyond simple dusting, a lacquered piano with smudges will respond to a very soft cloth, dipped in a solution of water and extremely mild soap, such as Murphy’s Oil Soap, and wrung out thoroughly, wiped gently over the finish in long lines of straight strokes.



How do you remove sticky residue from piano keys?

I’ve found WD40 to be remarkably effective as an adhesive remover. It might have to soak through the tape to be effective and if you use it, be sure you can clean it all off or the smell might be worse than the tape. Don’t let it drip between the keys or anything like that.

Are ivory keys from a piano worth anything?

If they have a big enough collection of old ivories, they will have a greater chance of matching. Before laws tightened, a set of ivory keys may have been worth thousands of dollars. If you find anyone selling or trading ivory today, you should use caution as laws are complex.

How do you clean an upright piano key?

You need to vacuum off if you've got a little brush attachment that that often helps because sometimes the dust and dirt doesn't always come up as easily.



Does Dry Erase marker come off of piano keys?

So, this is what worked for me: Press down both the key with the marking and the adjacent keys. This gave me surface that would not shift if I slipped. Very carefully position the bottle’s spray tip over the markings and squeeze VERY SLOWLY until 1 – 3 drops come out, whatever is necessary to cover the markings.

How do I know if my piano keys are ivory or plastic?

Look for an ultraviolet torch. Hold it above the piano keys. If you notice the keys reflect either bright white or violet-blue colours, the keys are made of ivory. Artificial material like resins or plastics will show a completely different reaction.

When did they stop making piano keys out of ivory?

In 1990, a global treaty was signed, banning trade in all kinds of rhino or elephant ivory. Pianos with ivory keys are no longer manufactured, but many older pianos with ivory keys still exist and are in use.

How much are old ivory piano keys worth?

SO – What’s my piano worth?



Piano Type Age Approximate Value Range
Steinway & Sons 40+ years $1,000- $15,000 “shell value”
Steinway & Sons 5-10 years Around 80% of new $60,000 to $90,000
Steinway & Sons 10-20 years 60-70 % of new $45,000 to $70,000
Steinway & Sons 20-30 years 50% of new $40,000 – $60,000

Do white pianos turn yellow?

The popularity of these finishes has dwindled to where it is sometimes difficult to find dealers that will stock White/Ivory pianos. Yellowing is not an issue with the new poly finishes. If you like the white one best, and now you know that it won’t yellow as it ages, buy it.

How do you clean and whiten ivory piano keys?

I use rubbing alcohol i saturate a piece of paper towel with rubbing alcohol. And I wifes until the dirt is off I lightly do the black keys.

Is a white piano tacky?

White pianos are almost universally considered as ‘vulgar,’ Hollywood cheesy, or downright bad taste – i.e. an instrument treated as a decorated item, trivializing the object, and de facto, trivializing music.