Cleaning Your Piano
It really gets my goat when I do a search on the internet for articles about cleaning
your piano only to find out how little they actually tell you.
They all talk about not using a spray polish on the case, and not using products with silicone in
them. Well, that’s great, but how do I get all the junk out of
the inside of the piano? (the soundboard, for those of you in
the know). All these articles say about that is that you should
leave the really serious cleaning of the piano to your piano technician. Not helpful. There are
things that a reasonably careful person can do to clean his or her piano that do not need to involve a
technician. Anyone who struggles with respiratory problems will
appreciate that every time a hammer comes up to hit a string, dust is being stirred up. In some cases, your piano has been exposed to excess humidity which has
caused mold to form. Most of us want to deal with stuff like
that and get rid of it. A dusty piano or one with mold adhering
to surfaces is not attractive or healthful.
The first thing to determine is whether you have a grand piano or an upright of some
kind. I know this seems like a pretty basic thing, but some folks honestly don't know how to classify
their piano. If it has three legs and the strings are parallel to the floor, it's a grand (baby grand,
parlour grand, concert grand - they are all grand pianos and their construction is pretty similar). If
it has four wheels or casters and the strings are parallel to the wall, it's an upright. (This includes
spinets, consoles, studio uprights and full uprights or "upright grands").
So, now that you know what you have, please go to:
Cleaning Your Grand Piano or Cleaning Your Upright Piano