A great way to breath new life into your piano is to have it professionally cleaned. Imagine the piano you bought 10 or 20 years ago looking like it is brand new again! You may think you can clean it yourself, and you'd be correct . . . but there are delicate areas that cannot be reached without advanced techniques and special tools. It's easier to damage a piano when attempting to clean it than people realize, that's why the job is left to professionals. The soundboard is a good example, it accumulates dust over the years and yet you can't reach it to clean it because the strings are in the way! The piano action must be removed and carefully cleaned too, but this should only be done by a qualified professional. There are some areas you can clean yourself until you're ready for the full cleaning:
- Piano Keys
Use a damp cloth with a small amount of soap (do not use solvents) and clean from the front to the back. It is very important that you do not move the key side to side when cleaning. Use a separate cloth for the black keys.
- The case
You may dust the outside of your piano with a feather duster and a light touch. Dust can scratch the finish if it is wiped off with a dry cloth, and NEVER use window cleaner to clean the case.
For more information about piano cleaning check out the Piano Technicians Guild cleaning guide