Dusting a Piano with a Glossy Finish

I put a lot of effort into this post. That’s right. I waited and waited for dust to build up on my piano. It was hard, but I resisted the urge to dust it many times. What can I say? I’m a giver.

Like many pianos, mine has a glossy finish. As much as I love it and plan on having it until my dying day, every little bit of dust and fingerprints shows up on it. (Do you know how many places a 4-year-old touches?) Product residue can make the piano’s finish look filmy. Even water marks can show up from dusting it with a damp rag.

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For a long time I dusted the piano by using the damp rag method followed by a dry rag until my piano tuner introduced me to a little bottle of magic – Cory Piano Polish.

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I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical at first.

The first time I used it, I freaked out at first. I spritzed on the polish and rubbed it a couple of times and it looked a little filmy. Say what? I rubbed it a few more times and lo and behold, magic. My super shiny, glossy, gorgeous piano was back!

See the half that is dusted and the half that isn’t?

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The red in my piano finish really comes out when the light catches it a certain way, but so does the shine!

My only complaint about the polish is that I’m not a huge fan of the product’s smell. It could be better. But, I’m willing to overlook it because it works so well at shining up and protecting the piano’s finish.
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I haven’t tried it, but I’m guessing this product would work well on any piece of lacquered, high gloss furniture. I’d ask your piano tuner if he/she has some, but if not, I found you can also purchase Cory Piano Polish on Amazon.

As a side note, I use an old cloth diaper/burp rag when I dust. They are super soft and don’t spread any cloth fibers.

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It’s the little things that make me happy – like a nice, shiny, fingerprint-free piano. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Now, if anyone has tips for cleaning the inside of the piano – let me know your method! I always get in trouble come piano-tuning time when there’s dust inside the piano. Details, details!

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