How to Clean Piano Keys

In just a few simple steps, you'll have your piano keys sparkling like new.

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You Will Need

  • Lint-free cloths
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Gentle soap
  • White toothpaste

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Determine the type of keys

    Determine whether your white piano keys are plastic or ivory. Most modern pianos have plastic keys, which are smoother to the touch than ivory.

  2. Move your piano to a sunny place if the ivory keys have yellowed. Sunlight can help bleach the keys.

  3. Step 2

    Clean plastic keys with vinegar and warm water

    Clean plastic keys with a lint-free cloth dampened in a solution of vinegar and warm water.

  4. Be careful not to drip liquid down the sides of the keys.

  5. Step 3

    Clean ivory keys with a damp cloth and gentle soap

    Clean ivory keys with a damp cloth and gentle soap.

  6. You can also use white toothpaste to clean ivory keys.

  7. Step 4

    Dry keys immediately

    Dry the keys immediately with another lint-free cloth.

  8. Step 5

    Clean the black keys with another damp cloth

    Use a cloth lightly dampened with water to clean the black keys.

  9. Step 6

    Dry and buff all of the keys

    Use a clean, dry lint-free cloth to buff all of the keys. Now you can use your beautiful keyboard to channel your inner prodigy.

  10. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his first original composition when he was only five years old.

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