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The board under the strings of my grand piano is dirty. Ive

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The board under the strings of my grand piano is dirty. I've tried a paint brush (bristles not really long enough), no vacuum has an instrument with long enough bristles or enough sucking strength. I have tried blow drying and sucking with a vaccuum at the same time. This was helpful but there is still a layer of filth. Q-tips work but it has been days and they aren't long enough for some areas. Computer keyboard duster cans are not strong enough and I didn't do this for long due to unknown damage this product could do to the instrument.
I found a giant pipe cleaner (big fuzzy worm) that I worked under the strings with wood skewer sticks, but it really didn't get the gunk up.
Any ideas how to get this clean?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Marcy replied 2 years ago.

Hello there

 

Have you tried the extra long Q-tips that are used in doctor's offices? You can get them at most surgical supply stores - my family owns a cleaning business and they order them by the bundle. You should also look into purchasing any number of mini-vacuums that have lengthy mini hoses -- the better ones are online (I have seen them at small novelty stores but nothing at any stores like WalMart or anything like that). Here is an internet link to a company that sells several different mini vacuums and hoses. http://www.nextag.com/mini-vacuum-cleaner/shop-html

Other than those few suggestions, you are most likely looking at a very long feather duster if you can find one that is long and thin enough.

 

I hope that helps. THANK YOU !!

 

 

---MARY

Expert:  Cher replied 2 years ago.
Hello,Customerand welcome back to Just Answer!

You can buy a set of special tools made specifically for this purpose, to clean the soundboard of your Grand piano:
http://www.spurlocktools.com/id32.htm


Here are some additional ideas and precautions from piano professionals and piano owners re: cleaning the soundboard:
http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Forum/3/topic/003897/Number/0/site_id/1#import

I hope this helps!

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