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#243709 - 09/17/03 05:36 PM A pretty silly question
Bernard Offline
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I know this will sound silly, but after recently seeing before and after pictures of BeeLady's gorgeous piano, I have to wonder. Larry said that years of using polish on her piano had created the visible light patches.

My question is this: I use "Wet Ones" to clean the keyboard and fallboard of my piano after I've finished practicing because someone else practices on it after me. Will this create any problems? I don't know what's in a "Wet One" other than the fragrance. But is it conceivable that whatever it is it could cause wear of the Black Satin finish?
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#243710 - 09/17/03 05:51 PM Re: A pretty silly question
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Maybe, but I'm just guessing--

There might be a disinfectant involved, which sometimes are a bit alkaline and I think the cloth itself might be a bit abrasive. It's something I've been wondering about myself.

I use a "neutral" cleaner with an all cotton rag myself--and I'm not so sure of that either.

#243711 - 09/17/03 06:27 PM Re: A pretty silly question
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Wondering myself folks. Aren't wet ones much like baby wipes that are used for, obvious reason, to wipe baby's bottom after diaper change? If so, I can only say that I used one to wipe something off a sisal rug once, and it left a bleached spot. I can only imagine what it would do to a piano finish. (I guess babies bottoms don't bleach. \:D ) I doubt it would hurt key tops, but don't really know.

#243712 - 09/17/03 06:37 PM Re: A pretty silly question
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Bernard, I use the wipes in my car for the dash etc. I was at a dealership, waiting for husband to buy his car, when I wiped bird "do" off the body with it. The salesman about had a heart attack! He feared it would eat the paint. (But for me, its just a car, I really don't care how it looks)

I would not use them on my piano however (my other child!). I suspect that they contain alcohol among other things. I am a minimalist when it comes to cleaning \:D . Soap and water are about the most powerful stuff I use. I have to admit to being a fan of those swiffer cloths though. I have cleaned soundboards very successfully with them. The new duster is great, popped on the end of a soundboard steel and you can get lots of dust out of the piano without damage.

Why not just play it safe and use a damp (with water only) cloth.

PS, Thanks for the complement I will pass it on to my wonderful techs. I think its pretty gorgeous myself and my heart skips everytime I enter the room..Could it really be mine??? Sigh....

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#243713 - 09/17/03 07:49 PM Re: A pretty silly question
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Thank you TomK, bcarey and BeeLady. I think I will look for something else, like water and cotton. Thanks much.
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#243714 - 09/17/03 08:25 PM Re: A pretty silly question
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In my experience, hands down the best thing to clean not only the piano but also the keyboard is simply a wet chamois cloth.
Spend the $$ to get a nice one ($15-$20), and try to get one that's relatively square (easier to fold up).
Simply rinse it in warm water, then ring out dry, fold it up into quarters, and wipe with the grain of the satin. To get sweat/grime off of keys, simply add a bit of Dawn, or similar dishwashing soap (but not too much, just a drip or two). This will add enough of a solvent to eat through dirt and grease making cleaning easy, but won't eat through anything.

*note* sometimes these cloths are a bit oily when new. Most of my clients have had good luck just running it through the clothes washer once or twice.

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