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?
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.
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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