The Piano Concierge
...Maintaining the Case
Every piano is a fine piece of furniture, and should be treated accordingly. It is important that the piano's case and lid remain free from dust build-up to avoid scratches or markings in the finish.
The wood case of most pianos fall into one of the following categories:
The good news is that all of these finishes should cleaned in the same manner:
- Hand-polished lacquer (traditional matt-black finish)
- High-gloss Polyester (bright black finish)
- High-gloss Polyurethane (usually on wood veneer finish)
If you use a moistened cloth, it should be immediately be followed by a dry cloth to remove any water and avoid spotting or damage. If the piano is a hand-polished lacquer, wipe the cloth in a single stroke, in the same direction as the original polish (usually front-to-back).
- A soft, dry, piece of cheesecloth or leather cloth.
What you should never use:
These products will definitely change, and likely damage, the finish of your piano. We would like to remind owners that there is beauty in the delicate wear of a beloved instrument. However, if you must keep the piano’s case in ‘like-new’ condition, we suggest you work closely with a piano technician or furniture restorer with strong experience in the field.
- Furniture Polish
- Furniture Wax
- Silicone Spray (Such as Pledge)