How to Clean Plastic Keys of a Piano

Your piano or any other instrument can produce mesmerizing, relaxing and peaceful music only when you handle it with care. Regular cleaning and proper maintenance are extremely important especially when it comes to a piano having a significant number of moving parts. It is important to clean before moving or storing a piano. When you are moving to some other city and you have availed professional piano moving services, it is important to clean the instrument before moving or storing.      
Your piano is of no use without keys. Dirt and dust usually get on the keys of the instrument. Before that, you need to figure out whether your piano has plastic keys or ivory keys. Let’s see the difference between ivory and plastic piano keys.

Ivory Piano Keys and Plastic Piano Keys
A keyboard usually has plastic keys. Most of the pianos have ivory keys. However, the modern upright and grand pianos may not have ivory keys. Though both ivory and plastic keys look very similar, you can very easily make sure that your piano has ivory keys.

An ivory key has three parts including key, stem and front. A plastic keytop, on the other hand, has only two parts including the top and the front.
Ivory keys are rare.

These keys are not pure white.

Ivory keys are likely to become yellowish with time. However, you can whiten ivory keys again.  

Unlike a plastic key, an ivory key comes with a grain.        
Now, as you are aware of the differences between ivory and plastic keys, you can employ the right cleaning method to clean the keys of your piano. In this article, you will learn how to clean the plastic keys of a piano.  
 
Cleaning Tips  
Strat with cleaning one octane at a time. Clean another octane after drying the first octane. Do not clean white and black keys with the same piece of cloth.    

Cleaning Plastic Keys
Step 1: First of all, prepare the liquid. Add one or two drops of mild dish soap in a small bowl of warm water.   
Step 2: Take a soft white cloth and dip it into the cleaning solution. Use white cloth only as a colored cloth might leave stains on the keys. The cloth should be a little damp not too wet as moisture could go between the keys.  
Step 3: Clean white keys in a brushing motion without rubbing or pressing the cloth on the keys.   
Step 4: Take another piece of white cloth and dip it in the cleaning solution. It should be a little damp. Use that cloth to clean black keys. Clean black keys the way you have cleaned white keys.    
Step 5: Take a piece of dry cloth and wipe off soap residue.
Step 6: Clean, dry and then cover keys to prevent dust buildup.   

Make it a routine. Clean it regularly. If you are planning to move your piano to some other place, clean it before availing professional piano moving services. Clean and cover before storing your instrument.

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