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Obviously the felt glove that came with my (second hand) piano is for wiping the surface. However one side is red, and the other is a light brown color. Which side do I use on the piano finish? And is it meant to have any kind of special cleaning fluid, polish, added? And what is the method/interval/etc. when using it? Oh - and can I wash the glove? If so how? Just toss it in with my clothes, or is that a big no-no?

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Originally Posted by RealFamilyMan
Obviously the felt glove that came with my (second hand) piano is for wiping the surface. However one side is red, and the other is a light brown color. Which side do I use on the piano finish? And is it meant to have any kind of special cleaning fluid, polish, added? And what is the method/interval/etc. when using it? Oh - and can I wash the glove? If so how? Just toss it in with my clothes, or is that a big no-no?


Without knowing exactly what you have I will it a shot here.

Many manufacturers send a chamois or polishing cloth along with the piano. Some are glove shaped (more like a mitten). The side that appears to be softest is the side to use on the piano.

There is not any polish inside the glove and you can use it just like you would use any other polishing cloth. It is just a complimentary little "surprise" for a customer after they have made their purchase.

I hope that helps,


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Thanks Rich... Yes, it is more like a mitten. The red side is only half, so I guess that is the side that is against the back of your hand. The light brown side is the full length and it feels synthetic. It might be some kind of microfibre material.

I need to search the archives for what (if any) liquid to use. (Mild detergent, polish, alcohol!?) I *think* I remember a piano store telling me they use a little methylated spirit added to water in a squirter bottle on their new pianos. But I see so many pianos with scratched surfaces, I want to get that right... i.e. Just using a dry cloth doesn't sit right with me, but maybe I'm wrong and any liquid should be avoided.

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Is your piano's finish gloss, or matte? That affects how you would care for it.

As a general rule, Cory's Piano Polish (and other products) is well thought-of. I buy mine from my piano tech when he is here, and it is also carried by http://pianosupplies.com , PW's 'other half.'

I would also consult the store (if you bought yours through one) or the manufacturer for their instructions or recommendations on how to care for your finish.

Be very gingerly about how you use that oven mitt. House dust can be very abrasive, and you can put dust scratches on your piano while trying to be good to it. Personally, I do not use a cloth for dusting. A good-quality ostrich feather duster moves the dust off the lid very effectively, without sandpapering it.

The keys are likely to need actual cleaning more than the lid will need polishing. Kawai's instructions: very soft cotton cloth, very lightly damp, with a short spray of Windex, sprayed only on the cloth. The moisture film should never stand more than two seconds, if that, on the keytops, and never ever run down the sides of the keys. Ever.

Best practice is to wash the hands before playing, and never eat fried chicken while playing.


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Originally Posted by Jeff Clef
Best practice is to wash the hands before playing, and never eat fried chicken while playing.


Well, there goes my practice schedule.


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Don't give up playing just because of that. The Colonel will still be there after your practice session.


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LOL @ the fried chicken.

It's a brown piano with gloss finish. Great advice, thank you. ;-)

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Is there any reason I shouldn't use microfiber cloths to clean the piano?

And would this be fine for a duster?

https://www.bunnings.com.au/mr-clean-microfibre-dust-buster_p4460347


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