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Cleaning a vintage piano

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Cleaning a piano is different from cleaning any other type of furniture in your house, but it isn’t hard. It is important to follow the cleaning instructions for a piano exactly, however, since using the wrong type of cleaner can damage the finish of the wood or the internal components of the piano. Of course, it is particularly important to be careful when working with a vintage piano because of the trouble and expense of finding a piano restorer if you damage the instrument.
The first thing to keep in mind when cleaning a vintage piano is that it does not need to be cleaned too often. In fact, many piano tuners recommend that polishing be kept to the bare minimum. Dusting the piano is fine, however.
Ideally, remove dust with a feather duster about once a week. Avoid using a dry cloth to dust, since dry clothes can allow the dust to scrape across the piano surface and scratch the finish. If you have to use a cloth dust rug, be sure to use a soft fabric like flannel or chamois. Make sure that you never use paper towels on a piano.
After finding a suitable cloth, get the cloth slightly damp. Ideally, use filtered water since minerals in unfiltered water can have an affect on the piano’s finish. As soon as you wipe with the damp cloth, dry the piano immediately with a separate cloth.
If you would like to use a furniture polish spray, you may. Just make sure to never spray these products directly on the surface of the piano. Instead, spray the polish directly onto your cloth, then use the cloth to polish the piano. Only clean the outside of the piano. Internal components should always be cleaned by a professional.
To keep your piano clean and avoid damage, do not place any objects on your piano. Remove any pictures or other keepsakes. You may also want to consider keeping an air purifier in the room with your vintage piano. Older pianos are more susceptible to getting damaged by dust or other changes in atmospheric conditions.
Be very careful not to use any harsh chemicals on a vintage piano. If something happens to the piano that cannot be cleaned with water or furniture polish, it is important to call a professional to deal with it. Trying to clean a vintage piano on your own with other chemicals could result in permanent damage to the instrument.

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