Sunday, March 20, 2016

How to Dust a Grand Piano

Cleaning a piano will help improve the response of the strings.

Dusting a piano is a large undertaking that should take you at least an hour to complete. You must clean each individual string, as well as the tiny components inside the piano, such as the piano hammers and the shanks to which they are attached. With the right tools, the job of cleaning a piano can seem like less of a chore. Learning how to properly dust your piano while protecting your finish is part of the responsibility of owning it.

Step 1 Place the dust mask on your face to minimize the amount you end up inhaling.

Step 2 Remove furniture, plants and any object you don't want to have to clean from the room. The amount of dust a piano can hold is substantial and the job does get messy.

Step 3 Open the lid of the piano and put it on the highest piano stick support. This will give you complete access to the piano.

Step 4 Vacuum the inside of the piano with a vacuum cleaner extension having soft bristles. Get as much dust off as you can by running the extension along the inside of the piano strings and also the sides of the piano.

Step 5 Use a dry cloth to polish the felt pads of the hammers. Be very careful to avoid damaging the felt. If you damage a single pin, the hammers will have to be completely replaced. The rehammering process can cost thousands of dollars.

Step 6 Set your hair dryer to a cool setting and direct the airflow toward the top of the soundboard. This will release any dust that has accumulated on the soundboard.

Step 7 Vacuum the inside of the piano again with a soft bristle attachment.

Step 8 Wet a clean cloth and polish the outside of the piano. Liquid polish is not needed, as the piano finish is designed to be cleaned with nothing more than a little bit of water.