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#2010864 - 01/07/13 09:38 PM Cleaning an Acoustic Piano's Keyboard?
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Registered: 01/02/13
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I recently inherited my mother's acoustic piano. It had been in my brother's house for the past 20 or so years - virtually unused. As his kids were growing up, for some reason they applied small decals to some of the keys. I've removed the decals, but many of the keys now have sticky residue on them.

Anyone know the best thing to use to clean that off?

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#2010873 - 01/07/13 09:48 PM Re: Cleaning an Acoustic Piano's Keyboard? [Re: newbert]
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Goof off. (Not to be confused with Goo-Gone or any of the citrus cleaners.)

It will get anything off like gum from a carpet or tree sap from a car. Just a tiny amount can easily remove stuff with a terry cloth.

I'm sure it's toxic and therefore will kill animals, blow up on its own, and cause all kinds of damage to whatever you are cleaning but aside from the obvious when using stripper type solvents it will work in terms of removing the stains.

I use it on the front grill of the car [not the paint] to easily remove road tar and grease/sap spots. It works well removing bumper sticker residue as well.


Edited by Mr Super-Hunky (01/07/13 09:52 PM)

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#2010877 - 01/07/13 09:59 PM Re: Cleaning an Acoustic Piano's Keyboard? [Re: newbert]
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Lighter fluid will clean it off and won't damage anything.
It's great stuff, and cheap.
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#2010995 - 01/08/13 05:20 AM Re: Cleaning an Acoustic Piano's Keyboard? [Re: newbert]
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With ivory keys (assuming they're ivory), my tuners suggested warm water and dish soap.

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#2011106 - 01/08/13 10:22 AM Re: Cleaning an Acoustic Piano's Keyboard? [Re: newbert]
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Loc: Toronto
Some good tips above -- I was not aware of -- for the nasty sticky gum. Otherwise, I had always also been advised to just use a mild soap (dish soap) and water.

Unless it is a much older piano, I would doubt the keys are Ivory. Piano keys have not been made with Ivory (due to the repulsive slaughtering and endangering the existence of elephants) for 50 years. There are far better substitutes.

"Piano keys are generally made of spruce or basswood, for lightness. Spruce is normally used in high-quality pianos. Traditionally, the black keys were made from ebony and the white keys were covered with strips of ivory, but since ivory-yielding species are now endangered and protected by treaty, plastics are now almost exclusively used. Also, ivory tends to chip more easily than plastic. Legal ivory can still be obtained in limited quantities. At one time, the Yamaha firm innovated a plastic called "Ivorine" or "Ivorite", since imitated by other makers, that mimics the look and feel of ivory."

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#2011126 - 01/08/13 11:13 AM Re: Cleaning an Acoustic Piano's Keyboard? [Re: newbert]
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Registered: 11/03/12
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Loc: Illinois
Well whatever you decide, put it on a cloth first, never on the keys. I keep the fall board closed and dust keys with a very lightly damp cloth as needed. WD40 can take a lot of gunk off, tar, sticker residue etc. Can't say what it might do to your keys though.
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