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How to Keep Your Piano Keys Clean?

Naturally, everyone carries bacteria and pathogens in their hands. As we practice on our keys, these microorganisms starts to spread in our practicing areas, which risks the contribution of diseases. Of course, washing your hands before playing on your keys is a good idea but is it enough? Bacteria accumulates and multiplies fast when a certain area isn't disinfected. To keep your piano clean and maintain its quality, sanitising your keyboard should not be overlooked.

So how exactly should you sanitise your keys?

The most efficient disinfection would generally be to use some kind of alcohol such as rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol (methylated spirits), but be aware that this could damage the keys. Certain key surfaces can be discoloured or cracked when exposed to harsh chemicals like alcohol.

Some piano teachers would recommend using a solution of water and vinegar, but science is still very scarce on vinegar’s effectiveness as a disinfectant. It is definitely not as as effective as chemical products, as it needs to allow at least half an hour of exposure. Vinegar is also not a good solution for ivory keys, however, if your keys are plastic, it will have no effect on the keys.


Zoe is an avid fan of all kinds of music. Her primary instrument is the guitar but she is always passionately learning how to play other instruments such as the drums and keyboard. She is currently playing the bass guitar in a band and has been routinely involved in music since she was a child.

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