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Hello! I recently acquired a beautiful Hamilton piano. It was bought brand new by the only owner (before me, of course) and is in great condition. The only thing is that the keys are a bit yellowed (which I expected). I followed Steinway’s website advice (I assumed that it would be reliable) and used a little bit of peroxide on the keys, but alas, it didn’t help. I have also tried diluted vinegar with some success, but it didn’t remove all of the yellowing and I’d rather not have my piano smell like vinegar. What would you recommend for cleaning my keys? (They’re plastic by the way.) Also, can I use regular wood cleaner on the piano itself to give it a quick cleaning?

One final thing, probably not the right place to ask but I’ll try to tack this question on to this thread. Is there a database or program that has good tuners listed where I can just plug in my location and find some nearby? I’ve used a tuner who had over forty years of experience and was wonderful, but was so sad to hear that he recently passed away.

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Ivory yellows naturally, and the synthetic materials that have replaced it are available yellowed. You cannot remove that yellow.

To clean keytops, wipe them with a damp cloth. Repeat until they are clean.


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One final thing, probably not the right place to ask but I’ll try to tack this question on to this thread. Is there a database or program that has good tuners listed where I can just plug in my location and find some nearby? I’ve used a tuner who had over forty years of experience and was wonderful, but was so sad to hear that he recently passed away.

Thank you in advance!

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Corey Key Bright is an excellent product for cleaning keys. Amazon or any music store.

Peroxide will in fact whiten keys, however they must be removed and set up under a "grow light", and have peroxide applied every few hours. It takes days or even weeks depending on how dark they are.

I have done it. Just not in the piano.

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