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The Piano Owner's Heads-Up Guide to Important Piano Maintenance

  Focus On: Cleaning Under
          the Keys



                                                      Removing the Keys       Removing the Debris

                                                           To remove the layer of dust and filth
                                                   which has sifted down in between the keys
                                                   over the years, the piano must first be care-
                                                   fully disassembled by the technician to the
                                                   point at which the keys may be safely re-
                                                   moved and put temporarily aside.
                                                           With the keys out of the way, a vac-
      Information provided courtesy of:            uum and brush are employed to remove un-
             David Boyce, BA                       wanted material, while leaving important
             Piano Technician                      felts in place.
            Tel: 07714 959806

       One of the most unsanitary places in
your home may be right beneath your fin-
gertips, lurking below the keys of your pi-
ano. As shown in the above photo, a dis-
gusting mixture of dust, cat fur, dried flakes
of skin, old toothpicks, etc., accumulates un-
derneath the keys of the typical piano, some-
times for decades at a time, until a piano
technician takes note and recommends that
the instrument be given a professional clean-
ing.
       When this debris is allowed to remain              Once the keybed of the piano has been
in a piano, it not only "gums up the works,"       thoroughly cleaned, and felt parts have been
but it poses a health threat, in that every time   examined for signs of insect or mouse dam-
a note is played, the resulting air movement       age or excessive wear and tear, the piano
swirls dust mites and particles into the air       may be reassembled so that it may be en-
surrounding the pianist. For anyone with al-       joyed with the knowledge that it is cleaner
lergies, this constant exposure to contami-        inside than it has been for years.
nates can make playing a dirty piano an un-
pleasant and unhealthy experience.                                David Boyce, BA
                                                                  Piano Technician
                                                                  Tel: 07714 959806

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Cleaning keybed

  • 1. The Piano Owner's Heads-Up Guide to Important Piano Maintenance Focus On: Cleaning Under the Keys Removing the Keys Removing the Debris To remove the layer of dust and filth which has sifted down in between the keys over the years, the piano must first be care- fully disassembled by the technician to the point at which the keys may be safely re- moved and put temporarily aside. With the keys out of the way, a vac- Information provided courtesy of: uum and brush are employed to remove un- David Boyce, BA wanted material, while leaving important Piano Technician felts in place. Tel: 07714 959806 One of the most unsanitary places in your home may be right beneath your fin- gertips, lurking below the keys of your pi- ano. As shown in the above photo, a dis- gusting mixture of dust, cat fur, dried flakes of skin, old toothpicks, etc., accumulates un- derneath the keys of the typical piano, some- times for decades at a time, until a piano technician takes note and recommends that the instrument be given a professional clean- ing. When this debris is allowed to remain Once the keybed of the piano has been in a piano, it not only "gums up the works," thoroughly cleaned, and felt parts have been but it poses a health threat, in that every time examined for signs of insect or mouse dam- a note is played, the resulting air movement age or excessive wear and tear, the piano swirls dust mites and particles into the air may be reassembled so that it may be en- surrounding the pianist. For anyone with al- joyed with the knowledge that it is cleaner lergies, this constant exposure to contami- inside than it has been for years. nates can make playing a dirty piano an un- pleasant and unhealthy experience. David Boyce, BA Piano Technician Tel: 07714 959806