Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Who's Online
105 registered (Andrei Kuznetsov, accordeur, 36251, AndrewJCW, Augustina, 31 invisible), 1285 Guests and 7 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2010864 - 01/07/13 09:38 PM Cleaning an Acoustic Piano's Keyboard?
newbert Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/02/13
Posts: 615
Loc: Upstate New York, USA
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?


(ad) Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#2010873 - 01/07/13 09:48 PM Re: Cleaning an Acoustic Piano's Keyboard? [Re: newbert]
mr_super-hunky Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 4289
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)

#2010877 - 01/07/13 09:59 PM Re: Cleaning an Acoustic Piano's Keyboard? [Re: newbert]
Oongawa Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/14/12
Posts: 354
Lighter fluid will clean it off and won't damage anything.
It's great stuff, and cheap.

'63 Mason & Hamlin Model A

Working on: Chopin - Waltz in A Minor / Einaudi - I Giorni / Mozart - Sonata in C / Bach - Two Part Invention No. 1

#2010995 - 01/08/13 05:20 AM Re: Cleaning an Acoustic Piano's Keyboard? [Re: newbert]
Bobpickle Offline

Gold Supporter until July 10  2014

Registered: 05/24/12
Posts: 1389
Loc: Cameron Park, California
With ivory keys (assuming they're ivory), my tuners suggested warm water and dish soap.
Bernhard - Always Have a Plan

#2011106 - 01/08/13 10:22 AM Re: Cleaning an Acoustic Piano's Keyboard? [Re: newbert]
Greener Offline

Platinum Supporter until July 22 2014

Registered: 05/29/12
Posts: 1641
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."

#2011126 - 01/08/13 11:13 AM Re: Cleaning an Acoustic Piano's Keyboard? [Re: newbert]
Ragdoll Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/03/12
Posts: 774
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.

At first, she only flew when she thought no one was watching.


Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps and more.

Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
(ad) Yamaha CP4 or CP40 Free Bag
Buy a CP4 or CP40 Get a Free Bag
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ads) PD - WNG - MH
Ad (the Piano Store)
the Piano Store - Restored Steinway Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
New Topics - Multiple Forums
The versatile Angela Hewitt
by Hank M
11/24/15 09:16 PM
Help with new piano purchase!
by bostonbabymama
11/24/15 08:16 PM
Composition and Orchestration
by JohnSprung
11/24/15 07:51 PM
Practice strategies
by Stubbie
11/24/15 07:05 PM
First Time to see an Orchestra
by blackjack1777
11/24/15 05:12 PM
What's Hot!!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
Forums Rules & Help
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
Forum Stats
81,545 Registered Members
44 Forums
168,524 Topics
2,469,271 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission