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So... how do you clean the keyboard?
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Possibly a dumb question but I have noticed that the sides of the black keys on my Yamaha p125 seem to be attracting a lot of fine dust. I suspect the white keys are too but it’s not as noticeable. I play everyday so the tops of the keys seem clean but the sides don’t get touched so the dust settles there. I suspect the plastic of the keys gets a static charge that pulls in dust. It’s been dry lately even with the humidifier running full blast smile

So what’s a good way to clean the keyboard? Will a swifter duster work or compressed air maybe? Not sure what cleaning stuff is keyboard safe.

Just wondering...
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Because several people play my (acoustic) piano when I have group recitals, I make a point of cleaning the keys before (and after) each recital. I take a Lysol disinfecting wipe, wrap it in a piece of paper towel so that the paper towel is hardly damp with the moisture from the wipe, and then wipe each key individually. When doing the white keys, I push the wrapped wipe up to the fallboard so that the sides of the black keys get cleaned. Then I finish off by wiping the tops of the black keys.

I've been doing this for the 13 years I have owned my Estonia, and it has had no ill effect on the finish of the keys. The "key" is to make sure that whatever cleaner you use is gentle and the "cloth" or towel is just barely damp. You could probably do the same with a vinegar solution. I think you need some amount of dampness to absorb the dust and not just push it around.

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Also, buy a dust cover. Something like this should help.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/GKC1648--gator-gkc-1648-88-key-keyboard-cover

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A bit hoovering doesn’t hurt either..

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I use alcohol. Nothing works better. It removes lipids like a charm and it leaves no traces.

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Originally Posted by Iaroslav Vasiliev
I use alcohol. Nothing works better. It removes lipids like a charm and it leaves no traces.


I save that for general consumption..😄

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Cory Key-brite works great. Spray it on a microfiber cloth and rub the keys. They make a complete line of piano cleaning/polishing supplies.

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I use soap and water ... on my hands. Clean hands make for clean keys.

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When I was a pianist in the military (1975 - 1995) I would clean 'my' piano every time I sat down. Everyone saw the rehearsal piano as their own piano. I really hate greasy keys and would be forced to Windex the keys of a seven foot Steinway daily.

At home I rarely clean the keys.


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Water and microfibre cloth. You need nothing more.

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Originally Posted by Nordomus
Water and microfibre cloth. You need nothing more.


IF you're the only player. If everyone else with a turn has dinosaur chicken and mac and cheese on their hands. this argument falls apart fast smile

As Dave mentioned, Windex (sprayed on a microfiber cloth, and not directly on the piano) can do wonders here.


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Originally Posted by Marko in Boston
Also, buy a dust cover. Something like this should help.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/GKC1648--gator-gkc-1648-88-key-keyboard-cover


+1.

You might also find a "computer vacuum", for cleaning computer keyboards. i haven't tried it (I have a dust cover, and use a rag dampened with diluted "multi-purpose household cleaner" occasionally).

The problem with compressed air is that it might blow dust into places, under the keyboard, that it shouldn't go. Vacumming is safe.


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Originally Posted by Gombessa

IF you're the only player. If everyone else with a turn has dinosaur chicken and mac and cheese on their hands. this argument falls apart fast smile

Ok true, but who does that? laugh

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Originally Posted by Nordomus

Ok true, but who does that? laugh


You'll never get me to cop to that here! smile

But people have young kids, and encouraging them to play on the piano is a great way to build early interest in it. But kids being kids.... nothing stays clean for long!


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Thanks for the ideas, I have some microfiber cloths around here somewhere.
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I have a digital piano and use a cover I cut from black lintless fabric I bought from Wal mart. 3 bucks . Easy to take on and off, a black and decker mini Vacumn, the Cory cleaner and always keep a very nice artist brush close by. When you get the brush tell them you want one good enough that bristles won’t come out. Maybe half inch wide. Very careful to wipe off anything that lands on it.

Clean and Vacumn every ten days or so. Pristine . I practice 4-6 hrs every day for nearly two years. No issues and it’s just a Es110. My teacher at my first lesson sat me down to watch a you tube video of how to dissect one of those digitals. Seem like something I could never do, so yes I’m a lil meticulous.


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