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cleaning? piano keys and case??

  • 1.  cleaning? piano keys and case??

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-21-2020 12:35

    Hi All,


    Are you experiencing the same as I?  Students, etc are not cleaning keys at all or using alchohol base cleaning products that are damaging the keytops or case parts? 


    How to clean them correctly?  After the damage is done. Keytops are getting damaged as well as mostly music desks.


    We put up hydrogen peroxide cleaning stations all around the school, but the ensemble rooms especially, are getting damage to keytops and music desks, no matter how many signs we put all around the school with many stations set up.


    Now damaged, are they toast, or are they buffable?





  • 2.  RE: cleaning? piano keys and case??

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-21-2020 13:27
    This is not going to be over for a while, so I think we should still be in damage prevention mode, rather than repair the damage mode.

    The one instruction that I most wish I had thought to give out: Spray the cloth, do not spray directly on the keys or finish.

    We knew going in that this cleaning would cause damage. The problem was apparent from the start. I said hydrogen peroxide, so they found an alcohol-based cleaner that happened to have a bit of hydrogen peroxide in it. The wipes they have distributed to everyone are alcohol based…

    Do what you can to prevent more damage. When this is over, then evaluate and decide what can be done.

  • 3.  RE: cleaning? piano keys and case??

    Posted 11-23-2020 20:55
    Has anyone actually studied the transfer of covid to piano keys ? Handwashing before and after keyboard use may be better than trying to clean keys multiple times a day between users. Multiple cleanings each day are going to cause problems . Are computer keyboards in the library and common areas cleaned off ? I would imagine all of the letters and numbers would be gone by now. Too bad there was not a spray on membrane that could be peeled off after use. Maybe students need some good fitting nitrile gloves ??

    James Kelly
    Owner- Fur Elise Piano Service
    Pawleys Island SC

  • 4.  RE: cleaning? piano keys and case??

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-24-2020 22:32

    It's just a guess, but my feeling is that the aerosols remaining in the room after several people have used it will be more dangerous than whatever is on the keys.

    Are they wearing masks? And if so, are the masks of good enough quality to help?

  • 5.  RE: cleaning? piano keys and case??

    Posted 11-27-2020 13:12

    We are using this product at UNC- Greensboro School of Music. 

    #FLEX® Wipes Disinfectant Wipes – 75ct Canister

    Stephen Duncan RPT
    UNC Greensboro
    College of Visual and Performing Arts
    School of Music