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Is it okay to use Piano cleaning material??

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  1. hunwoo

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    My new Piano came with a cleaning material. I'm not sure if it will damage the Piano or not.
    The Piano movers told me that it could damage the wood of the Piano.
    But can you please share your views/experiences with this?
     
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    What kind of cleaning material is it? Also, what kind of finish is the wood on your piano, like is it glossy or satin? I don't know how to clean a satin finish, but regular furniture polish would work on a wood finish. I have a shiny, glossy finish and glass cleaner works to take off fingerprints, but you have to be careful not to rub too hard and make scratches. I also use glass cleaner on the keys.
     
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    Yes, if it is high-gloss (like so many of the black pianos), the Windex works very well. If something really dirty gets on there (one of my little students got a booger on there earlier this year --euuuuwww!), then warm water with a bit of that green Palmolive dish soap takes it off.

    I am always cautious with "special" cleansers, as it has become common knowledge around here, to the point where the manufacturers even write it in the manuals for stainless steel appliances, to NOT use any cleansers that state they are specifically designed for stainless steel, or they will ruin the product. Not that this has anything to do with piano, but in case people wonder -- diluted white vinegar is best for stainless steel cleaning (oh, and there too, the Palmolive takes off really thick grime on stainless steel, but the vinegar then leaves it with perfect shine).

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    or you can be like our all of our grandparents and just incase everything in thick, clear plastic! :p
     
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    Or you can be a sloven like I am, that means, let there be the dust, scratch only the wax what come from real candle lights and drops down sometimes if the candles are blowed out clumsy.

    The only thing I do is to clean the keyboard from time to time if it gots too gluey due to beer-contact-fingers :oops: I clean the keys with a wet wipe and dryed with a towel, without additional add-on in order to not damage the ivory/ebony keys.
     
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    Olaf, do you use real candles on your piano all the time? That's very romantic. I'm looking for a nicer candelabra, something Liberace-style to put on my piano. But with my track record of dropping things inside my piano, and catching my hair on fire, I'm not sure it's a good idea. :wink:
    And I hate dust on my piano. I don't trust anyone else to clean my piano, but it is hard to reach the top of the lid, especially when it is fully up. Because I am too lazy to squeeze over to the side and lower the lid, a good way to dust the top is to throw a slightly dampened big bath towel up there and slowly pull it down. No more dust!
     
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    For normal practising I don't use real candles. But sometimes at night, and if there are friends and we sit together there is only candle light, so if I play a bit with candle light, that delivers a certain athmosphere I like much. Monica, try it out - with your Chopin Nocturnes played by candle lights your guests will never let you away from the piano, I swear!
    The problem is, that there remains a shadow on the keypart towards the keyflap, if there are candles beside the notestand and one needs to get used to that situation. So I think better try it out before playing that way before friends.

    Also my other stone old upright I bought at ebay, has candle holders, and I very much like to use it with candles too.

    Normally, the problems you have with your hairs I really would like to have, since I don't have no hairs anymore. But it seems this has also its advantages. :D

    Yes, can be that I am a bit romantic - all other neighbours have clean molded lawn, we have a flower meadow instead. Instead a lawn mower I use a scythe once a year. The other cut there trees and bushes all the time, I let it grow. Instead a tiled roof our holiday house has a thatched roof with clay walls. Xmas without real candles on the xmas tree I cannot imagine. Some may call it old-fashioned instead romantic, I dunno. Sorry for coming off the topic too much...
     
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    I'm not sure about the cleaning material its all written in Japanese.
    But the finishes of the wood are: Satin Ebony, Polished Ebony, Satin American Walnut, Polished American Walnut, Polished White, Polished Mahogany, Light American Oak.
     
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    Wow! All those different finishes/wood on one piano? Must look pretty wild.
    Joking aside, I meant what is the finish on YOUR piano? That will determine how you clean it.

    Olaf, you must have leaned too close to the candles. :) I have often played with just my piano light on and the fireplace going. It's pretty romantic too.
     
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    Hehe, leaned too close to the candles -yes, this was it. At least one gets red ears because of this :lol:
    Yes, with fireplace going it's romantic too. Unfortunately, my grand is not very far away from the fireplace. I always fear that the piano tuning get worse through the warming and the humidity drop what happens if I use the fireplace, that's why we don't use it too often - unfortunately, because it is really something romantic.
     

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