Cleaning the surface of the piano

Besides the technical part of care - tuning and regularization -, the surface should be regularly wiped, like other similar furniture. Depending on the surface, use a slightly humid cloth or furniture polish. Never clean the interior of the piano - leave it to the expert.

Dirt within the piano

If you acquire an older used piano, consider having it cleaned by an expert piano-maker before setting it up to your home, because loads of decade-old dust and dirt may have accumulated in the more hidden parts. This dirt below the keyboard can cause unpleasant odors which irritate the respiratory system and lead to permanent stains. Here you see an example of rather normal dirt below the keyboard.

 

Cleaning the soundboard of the grand piano

In a grand piano, dust deposits below the stringing on the soundboard. Remove this occasionally - a special soundboard cleaning wand is suitable that may be available from specialized shops or from me. Please, do not touch the soundboard with other objects or the tip of the vacuum cleaner, because this will leave ugly scratches on the soundboard varnish that will remain visible for a long time.


 

Restoring the keyboard to the original

A piano should be closed when not in use, to keep dust etc. away from the inside. Never put post-its or adhesive labels on the keys, especially if they are made from ivory - rather fix a notes chart on the wooden bar in front of or behind the keys in a way that will not leave remains. Or even better, don't use them. Anyone who plays frequently on the piano will notice with time that the ivory keys seem to appear discolored. There are some household remedies (toothpaste, milk etc.) to fix the key discoloration. We expressly advise against them. We recommend again to order an expert to perform these operations, because professional remedies will give a better and longer lasting result in obvious brightening of ivory-covered keys. Use a slightly humid cloth for regular care and if necessary, add a little bit of washing up liquid. Remember that the liquid or humidity must never enter between the keys or inside of the piano.

 

Damage to the piano caused by vases

Never place any glasses or vases with liquids on the (grand) piano - if these will flow into the piano (and that seems to happen quite often), you can expect significant and expensive repairs. Most old (grand) pianos have a shellac surface that is sensitive to heat –never place a hot cup on the instrument as this will damage the shellac with lasting effects.