My piano keys are ivory; it’s an old piano and looks well used, but suddenly I realized how dirty the keys had become. I thought about ways to clean them, and then the same day, my son asked me about ways to clean his trumpet. How many students, and even teachers, aren’t sure about how to clean their instruments?
Some instruments work better when cleaned; others just look nicer and cleaning them adds a bit of pride and attachment to the owner. Here are a few tips you might find helpful, whether for yourself or just as links to offer your students, on cleaning a variety of instruments — piano, piano keys, violin/strings, brass, woodwinds, and drums/cymbals.
We’ll start with the piano. First, I’ll toss out a personal tip I just learned the other day–one simple way to clear piano keys is to use a pencil eraser! I used one of those desk erasers, as the one on my pencil disappeared pretty fast. My ivory keys look clean and white for the first time in a long time! For a professional look at cleaning pianos, here’s a video from About.com. And here’s one from Howcast.com on cleaning piano keys (apart from my brilliant suggestion above!).
For stringed instruments, much can be learned from David Kaynor’s explanation on behalf of Expert Village on cleaning a violin. Many videos on cleaning instruments can be found there, and be forewarned that they often start with ads you can skip after a few seconds.
Need a guide to cleaning drums and cymbals? This one is from DrumSetGuide.
Enjoy a brighter tomorrow as your students come in with clean instruments!