How Should I Clean and Polish My Piano?

piano polishEvery piano technician is asked, “How should I clean and polish my piano?” In order to answer this question the technician must have at least a basic understanding of the types of finish products that have been used in the past as well as an understanding of the types of finishes that are put on a piano cabinet today.

To help piano owners understand how to maintain the beauty of the finish of their piano, it is necessary to understand the two different types of finishes used in the piano manufacturing industry. The first type of finish is an old style used on many pianos from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. I will refer to this type of finish as a finish that allows penetration of oils to condition the wood and the finish itself. This type of finish includes shellac, and old style varnish. The second type of finish we will discuss is a finish that does not allow oils to penetrate the finish. This type of finish includes lacquer, and polyester.

Once the type of finish has been determined by your piano technician, recommendations can be made to the piano owner on the best products and ways to clean and oil or polish the piano. If your piano is an old style varnish or shellac finish you will want to use products like lemon oil to both clean the finish and help condition the wood to avoid cracks and that dull worn look that is common when the wood and finish dry out. If the finish of your piano is lacquer or polyester, there are many fine products you can use to clean and polish the piano. I service pianos in the Oakland County, Michigan area, and I can provide my clients with products that are specific to the finish they have on their piano. I can provide products from; CORY and STEINWAY.

One final suggestion; do not use oil on lacquer or polyester finishes. If you do the oil will sit on the finish surface giving an oily dull appearance. To keep your piano looking beautiful for years to come, use only products developed specifically for the finish of your piano.

For product information in the Oakland County area; call Ace Piano Tuning today.