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Cleaning the keys #1536490
10/16/10 07:39 AM
10/16/10 07:39 AM
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Having just spent an hour thoroughly cleaning the piano keys ... using the advice of a previous thread to only use a soft rag and warm water (dab of detergent) ... the two octaves left and right of Middle C proved the grubbiest (as expected) ... which leads me to the question ...

Do other Piano Teachers insist on students washing their hands before starting the lesson?

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Re: Cleaning the keys [Re: btb] #1536497
10/16/10 08:05 AM
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YES!
Either water and soap at a sink, or use a squirt of hand sanitizer.
I'm still surprised how dirty the keys can get by the end of the day. The uncovered sneezes and coughs are numerous. I often see hands go into noses and mouths, and I try to send that student back to get another squirt in attempts to keep the keyboard germ-free.


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Re: Cleaning the keys [Re: btb] #1536555
10/16/10 09:53 AM
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Yes, I ask them to, and still end up with dirty keys from some who slip through. A thought about hand sanitizer -- it doesn't remove the dirt from the hands (but might move it around a little :)) I do ask that the hand sanitizer be used, especially during cold and flu season, but that's for the viruses. For plan ol' dirt, nothing beats soap and running water to send it down the drain.


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