How to care for your piano keys

Guidelines for cleaning your keys and preventing damage

Yamaha acoustic and digital piano key tops are made of synthetic materials which may react adversely to various cleaning and disinfecting agents. We advise the following practices for cleaning and protecting your keys:

  • Avoid cleaners (both liquid and saturated wipe-type cleaners) that contain harsh ingredients including alcohol (isopropyl), chlorine, ethanol, benzene, peroxide and salts. These ingredients contribute to discoloration and cracking.
  • If a player uses hand sanitizer that contains any of the above ingredients, please make sure their hands are completely dry before touching the keyboard.
  • Using a microfiber cloth dampened with lukewarm water, with a small amount of dish soap, and wrung out enough that the water does not drip on the keys. Wipe down the keys in a “toward the player” motion.
  • Using a second microfiber cloth dampened with lukewarm water, wrung out enough that water does not drip on the keys, wipe the keys again in a “toward the player” motion until all the keys are dry.
  • Finally, using a third, dried microfiber cloth, wipe down the keys in a ‘toward the player motion” until all the keys are dry.
  • Keep the key cover closed at all times when the piano is not in use.
  • Cleaning your hands before playing is recommended and will ensure a high level of playability through the life of your piano.

Please keep in mind these are recommendations, we can’t guarantee that these steps will remove all germs and bacteria.