How to Clean Dust Out of Your Grand Piano


Grand pianos often are used in concert halls and are prized for the rich, harmonic sound they produce. grand pianos come in a variety of sizes, included the small baby grand, which is favored for domestic use, or the large concert grand. All grand pianos have a horizontal frame and strings. If the piano's lid frequently is left open, dust and debris accumulate on the inside. With a few tools, such as a paintbrush and a vacuum cleaner, dust and grime can be removed from the piano.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner with hose and brush attachment
  • Long-bristled paintbrush
  • Dusting cloth
  • Attach your vacuum cleaner's brush attachment to the hose. Open the piano lid, and power on the vacuum cleaner.

  • Use the brush attachment to vacuum the dust off of the strings, tuning pins and plate. Vacuum any part of the soundboard that does not have strings over it.

  • Take off the music desk to reveal the tuning pins. Vacuum the tuning pins, the bridge pins and their bridges. Use a paintbrush to remove the dust and debris if the vacuum attachment cannot reach into all of the crevices.

  • Vacuum the damper heads, or use a dust cloth to wipe them. The heads are the wooden part of the assembly, with the other part made of felt. Vacuum the bass strings, but do not touch them.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt to clean under the piano's strings. This can dislodge them, or scratch the soundboard. A professional piano tuner will be able to perform this service for you.

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