How to Dust a High Gloss Piano

Glossy Finish Can Be a Challenge to Maintain
I was so excited to get a grand piano several years ago. However, I quickly learned that its high gloss finish attracted dust faster than honey draws bees. I wanted a clean piano. How could I effectively dust a piano with a high-gloss finish?

Micro-fiber Cloth

My first method for piano dusting was to use a micro-fiber dusting cloth, because this is what I use to dust other furniture. For my high gloss piano, a dusting cloth was not very effective. It seemed to just push the dust around rather than removing it. This was frustrating! Additionally, I began to notice tiny scratches on the finish which can only be caused by the dusting, since I don’t keep anything on the piano. I’m not sure if the dust itself was abrasive, or the dusting cloth. On to another method.

Kawai piano

my piano — see the fingerprints? (sigh)

Feather Duster

I asked Brian Doepke of A.A.A. Piano Works for his advice on how to dust a piano with a high gloss finish. He suggested a polish made specifically for high-gloss pianos made by Cory.

He also suggested using a feather duster. When I tried the feather duster, it was indeed more effective at removing dust than the dust cloth had been. This is the way I usually dust my piano currently.

Removing Interior Dust

With all the dust building up on the outside of my piano, I was sure that dust was getting into the exposed interior as well. I dust the interior as well as I can with a feather duster. You may also want to purchase a string cover (fabric which can cover the exposed strings and prevent dust build-up).

Mr. Doepke recommended having the piano interior professionally cleaned every four or five years. He said that this involves taking the piano apart, cleaning it, and reassembling it. This is something a professional should do.

Dusting Your Grand Piano

To conclude: a feather duster is the most effective tool for keeping your high gloss finish piano dust-free. If you use a cloth, you may wish to dampen it first so that it picks up dust rather than pushing it around.

If you decide to use a polish, use one specifically designed for your type of piano finish so that it will not harm the finish or the piano itself. Enjoy your clean piano!

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3 thoughts on “How to Dust a High Gloss Piano

  1. A friend has got me dusting with my sweeper hose. It’s somewhat cumbersome BUT it sucks the dust away instead of moving it around! I would like to try that method on your piano. Do you think that would scratch the finish? I certainly would not want to do that! I wonder if the church piano has ever been cleaned on the interior?? It sure gets dusty and apparently it’s really nobodys job to dust it.

  2. Unfortunately, it already has TONS of tiny scratches. It must be extremely sensitive to anything is all I can figure. In the next year or two I may have the tuner clean it. I’ve never had it done and he did recommend it. There are probably tuners there too who would do it?

  3. I’m so thankful I don’t have to be concerned about that. Could you have the piano refinished, since you say it has so many scratches on it?

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