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  • 1.  White substance on backchecks 80's Samick Upright

    Posted 11-08-2023 07:56
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    Working on a 1984 Samick upright and found this sticky substance on the backchecks. I've been told it is a white mold. How can I get rid of it?

    Thanks,

    Keith Gramlich

     



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    Keith Gramlich
    East Meadow NY
    (917) 757-4207
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  • 2.  RE: White substance on backchecks 80's Samick Upright

    Member
    Posted 11-09-2023 13:40

    Have you thoroughly inspected the entire piano for insects, evidence of rodents, mold and mildew ? is the same type of substance on the hammers or damper felt ? I am not sure what it is. You can get a mold test kit to help identify what it is. Its best to wear gloves and a proper mold face mask as a precaution. You can look at a number of museum conservation sites to get advice and protocols. The sticky part of your description is what throws me off. Blaine Herbert may have answers.  



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    James Kelly
    Owner- Fur Elise Piano Service
    Pawleys Island SC
    (843) 325-4357
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  • 3.  RE: White substance on backchecks 80's Samick Upright

    Posted 11-10-2023 01:52

    Yes, I have frequently seen this but assumed it was mold and ignored it or just wiped it off.

    When I see it next I will try to take a sample and ID it. Someone could scrape off a sample and send it to me.

    A Clorox wipe should disinfect it.



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    Blaine Hebert RPT
    Duarte CA
    (626) 390-0512
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  • 4.  RE: White substance on backchecks 80's Samick Upright

    Posted 11-11-2023 15:55

    Thanks to everyone for their suggestions and thoughts!! I just returned from the patient and all is well. Used Clorox wipes which cleaned everything up nicely. Ended up replacing some bridle straps as well, and we have a happy patient and client! Thanks to everyone again!!



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    Keith Gramlich
    East Meadow NY
    (917) 757-4207
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