Cleaning a Musical Keyboard Properly
Restoring a shine to the musical keyboard begins with you preparing an effective cleaning solution that will not affect the surfaces of the individual keys. The mixture you should use for this task is a simple one; some warm water and a little mild dish washing soap – one or two drops should be enough. Stay clear of furniture polishes and other such chemicals. These tend to be too abrasive and may scar the surfaces as well as causing some discoloration.
Requirements and Method
In your possession must be some four pieces of soft cloth, preferably chamois, flannel, or cheesecloth. Paper towels should also be avoided. Slightly dampen one cloth and proceed to wipe the keys individually with the cleaning action being towards you. You are advised to start with the white keys and then the black keys and it is proper to clean an octave at a time. Use separate cloths while doing so. Dirt and paint from the black keys tends to attach to the white keys and this is why this cleaning order is suggested. After all the keys have been done, pick a second cloth and start drying them in addition to wiping each key’s sides. In choosing the cloths to use, ensure that your picks are colorfast because the discoloring that results from running colors is quite difficult to remove. Keyboards on digital pianos are the only ones that may be considered for cleaning with cleaners and commercial sprays. These products can be obtained via the internet.
Cleaning a musical keyboard requires special attention because the inherent risks are too grim to consider. Allowing moisture to seep in between the keys is something to be avoided at all costs. The moisture can cause the wooden keys to swell or be damaged otherwise. All manner of bleaches, rubbing alcohol and like cleaning products tend to react with the ivory and plastic keyslips atop the keys resulting in damage. The same cleaners have also been known to dissolve the adhesive that glues the keyslips and underlying wooden keys together.
Musical Keyboard Hygiene
You can go the extra mile and keep your musical keyboard hygienic. To do so you must also refrain from using the conventional disinfecting sprays and fall back to another simple mixture. This time round you will need some white vinegar and water that is thrice as much. The same order of cleaning explained above will also do the trick for this task.
Whitening your Keyboard's White Keys
Your musical keyboard may either have plastic keys or those made from ivory and ebony. It is pleasant to have the white keys gleaming and doing so is somewhat more challenging compared to the just described tasks. A light buffing of the keys using a cloth that has a ittle bit of mild toothpaste will work, though the process can be quite laborious for the ivory keys. After cleaning the keys with the same actions you have used in both tasks above, wipe off the toothpaste with a cloth dampened slightly in whole milk. Dry off immediately. Ivory is a naturally occurring substance and the milk serves to strengthen it especially with the calcium content.