Removing finger prints from piano : LUSENET : Everything About Teaching and Learning the Piano : One Thread

I have a satin finish baby grand, and when fingerprints are left on it, they live a mark that's pretty hard to remove. The dealer told us what to use to remove them, but I can't remember what it was!! Can someone please help? I'd like to know because they don't look so good. Thanks ~


-- Julie (, June 02, 2001


A sponge dampened (not soaking wet) with cool water, rubbing always in the direction of the grain, is what is recommended by Yamaha for their satin finished instruments. I have found that it also works on non-yamaha, non-satin.

-- Alan (, June 06, 2001.

Steinway give you a chamois leather which removes finger marks used dry. I think they meant it for cleaning keys with. A tiny bit of moisture (breathe on the piano) can help stubborn fingermarks. Sorry, I only know about glossy pianos.

-- Alex Temple. (, August 09, 2001.

A piano technician (an Englishman whose father and grandfather were also piano technicians) told me to whisk soap suds from a bit of water and a bit of dish washing liguid and us the suds with and old t- shirt material to clean the surface of the satin finish piano. It works wonders, and my piano has kept its satin finish since the first time I used this cleaning method twenty years ago.

-- June Ryan (, April 03, 2003.

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