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How to Clean Piano Keys

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


  • 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.
  • TIP: Move your piano to a sunny place if the ivory keys have yellowed. Sunlight can help bleach the keys.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Be careful not to drip liquid down the sides of the keys.
  • Step 3: Clean ivory keys with a damp cloth and gentle soap Clean ivory keys with a damp cloth and gentle soap.
  • TIP: You can also use white toothpaste to clean ivory keys.
  • Step 4: Dry keys immediately Dry the keys immediately with another lint-free cloth.
  • Step 5: Clean the black keys with another damp cloth Use a cloth lightly dampened with water to clean the black keys.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his first original composition when he was only five years old.

You Will Need

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

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