Ever get “in the zone” when you’re playing piano? Your fingers glide effortlessly across the keys and you feel like the music is a gentle breeze that blows through you.
Suddenly, you hit a sticky key and the moment crumbles around you.
Sticky piano keys can be a real pain in the butt, but with the right piano care and maintenance they can be prevented. Keys become stuck for a variety of reasons, such as changes in humidity, dirty keys, and even foreign objects lodged between the keys.
Learning how to clean piano keys is a great preventative measure to take against the sticky-key menace. This video from Howcast shows you exactly what you need and how to get the job done!
Now that you know how to clean your piano keys, keep them clean by washing your hands before you play. Keeping your piano out of heat and protecting it against changes in humidity also help to prevent sticky keys.
If you already have sticky piano keys and you’re not sure what’s causing them, it’s time to call in a piano technician. Don’t try to take your piano apart or perform any repairs on it yourself unless you have extensive knowledge and training.
Do you hate sticky piano keys? What steps do you take to prevent them or keep the piano keys clean? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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