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Cleaning grand piano?
#2627421 03/27/17 11:45 AM
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My tech did my first service call only a newly purchased pre-owned grand. We spent at least an hour, maybe two, cleaning the piano as it had not been cleaned for many years....but it is still dirty.

Any issue with my cleaning it myself? If no, he used a small felt (ish) piece on a metal rod to clean between the strings. Where can I get one?
or what else would you recommend?

Many thanks in advance.

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When you say 'clean between the strings', do you mean clean the soundboard? Your technician was probably using one of the set of three different-sized sound board cleaning tools made by Bill Spurlock.

When you say that the piano is dirty, what parts of it are you referring to?

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Originally Posted by David Boyce
When you say 'clean between the strings', do you mean clean the soundboard? Your technician was probably using one of the set of three different-sized sound board cleaning tools made by Bill Spurlock.

When you say that the piano is dirty, what parts of it are you referring to?


Strings and soundboard are filthy beyond words...even after extensive cleaning the soundboard between the strings. yes, the picture looks like the Spurlock cleaning tools

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There are practical limits on how far to go with cleaning a dirty old piano. You will probably have to live with a certain level of staining and corrosion.


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For a really grimy (as opposed to merely dusty) soundboard, the use of the Spurlock tools by themselves is insufficient. You need to get a damp cloth or some workshop cleaning 'wet wipes' on the soundboard and use the Spurlock tools to push them around. Suitable wet wipes can work quite well. A 'flexible soundboard steel' is sometimes handy in addition to the spurlock tools, I find, to push a cloth into awkward spotes. There are some 'before and after' photos on the soundboard cleaning page of my website, along with a photo of the Spurlock tools and flexible soundboard steel (a strip of thin spring steel about half an inch wide and about eighteen inches long, with a slot in one end to wedge a cloth into).

There is not much you can reasonably do yourself, I fear, about filthy strings, especially if they are corroded.

If you were getting the piano restrung, that would also be the time to clean the soundboard properly.

If the entire exterior casework of the piano is filthy, steel wool and wax might work, to clean and give it a nice satin sheen.

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Those Spurlock tools are the bomb. I love them.


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