Disinfecting and cleaning keys on your Yamaha Acoustic piano

Friday, 17 April 2020



As musicians and piano teachers are aware, the keys of a piano are not often cleaned or disinfected and therefore could potentially facilitate the spread of germs and viruses.

Due to the material design of Yamaha piano key tops it is important to understand what chemicals you are using and how they interact with the key top material.

Yamaha key tops are made from either an Acrylic or material known as ‘Ivorite’. Whilst Ivorite is a specially formulated material designed to mimic the moisture absorption properties of ivory, great care must be taken when applying chemicals to all Yamaha key tops.

Yamaha Music Australia has the following recommendations for key top cleaning:

  • Do not use harsh chemicals such as alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as this can damage the key top material
  • Dampen a soft cloth with a very mild solution of neutral detergent and water
  • Be sure the cloth is not too wet as there is a risk of excess water running down the keys onto the exposed wood sides
  • Wipe the key tops down with a dry microfiber cloth after cleaning and make sure there is no moisture left on the keys

This method of key top cleaning used in conjunction with hand disinfection before and after playing the piano will help create a clean and hygienic environment for musicians and piano teachers.