Enjoying Holiday Music

Every year, I look forward to the Christmas holiday season. I love decorating a large, beautiful tree, baking delicious, seasonal desserts, going to holiday parties, and spending time with my parents at their farm. Because I’m a singer and a musician, I also like to listen to Christmas music. Sometimes, I listen to holiday tunes for several hours at the time. Whether I’m cleaning my home, driving down the road, or cooking dinner, my mood instantly improves after listening to some of my favorite holiday songs. On this blog, I hope you will gain an appreciation for holiday music. Enjoy!

Three Tips For Proper Piano Key Care


A piano is more than just a beautiful instrument. A piano can also be a beautiful work of art, if it is being well taken care of. Preserving the natural beauty of your piano should begin with a focus on keeping its keys in great condition. Here are just three of the more important factors you want to remember when caring for your piano's keys.

Wash Hands Before Playing

Always wash your hands before you sit down to play the piano. Unless you are housing your piano in a very dirty environment (which isn't recommended), the majority of the dirt introduced to the keys will come from your hands. Playing with clean hands can help minimize this problem.

After washing, avoid loading up your hands with oils and lotions as this will only introduce grease on to the keys. Grease can serve as dirt magnet and roll down under the keys, and cause damage or cause the keys to stick.

Clean With Care

When dusting, stay away from paper towels. Paper towels are abrasive and can scratch the surface of the keys. Scratches serve as havens for dirt and bacteria accumulation that is difficult to remove. Use cheesecloth or a feather duster instead.

In terms of cleaning, make sure you are using a key cleaner solution, not a household cleaner. Avoid spraying the solution directly on the keys, to prevent the moisture from rolling down inside the piano. Spray it directly on a piece of flannel or other soft cleaning material and gently rub it over the keys.

Whiten Keys When Needed

Don't overlook the practice of key whitening. Even with great care, from simple wear and tear, the keys can start to show signs of yellow discoloration. If your keys are made from ivory, you can perform this step with a number of items you likely have around your home, including toothpaste, steel wool and some natural sunlight.

When performing this process, make sure you are following directions closely as to not permanently damage the keys. If your keys are made from plastic or ivory, you may need to ask a professional for assistance.

The more focus you put on proper care of the keys, not only will the piano look better, but this care is also beneficial when it comes to playing the instrument. Make sure you are keeping key care a top priority to extend the life of the keys.  

For piano care, contact a company such as Las Vegas Pianos.


8 February 2016