Cleaning piano keys was not my first choice for today’s topic…
In all honesty, today I started writing an entirely different post then the one you are about to read. But, as I started to write that post, I became distracted by the crumbs, fluff, and dirt embedded in my keyboard (yeah for blogging honesty!).
So, I cleaned my keyboard and sat down to write today’s post. Unfortunately my mind was thinking about grimy computer keys, which got me thinking about dirty piano keys.
And, since we are entering cold and flu season, dirty piano keys seemed like a relevant blog post. So… here we are.
Be Afraid of Dirty Piano Keys
Studies have revealed, in all their disgusting glory, that computer keyboards can be 5 times dirtier than a toilet seat. So can you imagine where your piano keys lie on the “gross scale”? I’m guessing somewhere between a “backwoods outhouse” and a 1970’s “Woodstock Honey Pot”.
I’m not joking… seriously!
Just like on computer keyboards, it is very likely your piano keys are harvesting e. coli, coliforms, staphylococcus aureus, and enterobacteria… to name a few.
Here’s how all the nastiness goes down.
1. Busy piano keys become warn and pitted.
2. Sweaty hands release oil that “hangs out” on the keys.
3. Numerous unwashed hands play the piano keys.
4. Dirt and germs bind to the piano keys thanks to the yummy layer of oil from grimy hands.
5. Dirt and germs become locked in the pitted surface of the piano keys.
So how do you clean piano keys?
How do you clean up the biohazardous site that is your piano? Tell us in the comments below. We’d love to hear your ideas and, I am guessing, so would all of the people reading this post who are currently trying to suppress their gag reflex.