Piano Care in Pandemic Time


In the words of Beethoven, music can change the world. With the coronavirus raging war, instruments have seen livelier days. Though many now sit neglected and unloved while students feud with finding practice rooms. Have a piano? We say revive it by renting it out. mushRoom connects musical spaces with musicians to build communities. Together with Markson Pianos, we impart the essentials of COVID-19 piano care so you can safely host students and musicians in your space.

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Spread Melody, Not Malady

Don’t let your piano be a hotbed of coronavirus. Host or musician, social responsibility causes a ripple effect that can endanger family members and other pianists. To start you off, here are some safety measures that can protect everyone.

The Responsible Musician:

Popping over for a music session? Wear a mask at all times and thoroughly wash or sanitise your hands before entering the space. Since pianos don’t mix well with alcohol, personal measures are the only way to ensure everyone interacts with a clean piano, and have a peace of mind.

The Responsible Host:

As a gracious owner and host, it’s essential to keep your space safe for everyone. You deserve the right to admit only musicians who wear masks, but make sure you have yours on too! We also recommend that you advocate the use of hand sanitisers for all guests. Are you concerned about contact transmission? Read on for tips from Markson Pianos on how you can disinfect yours.

COVID-19 Piano Care

How long can coronavirus thrive on pianos? Research from New England Journal of Medicine suggests 24 hours on wood surfaces and 3 to 4 days on plastic. Before you drown your piano in virus-killing sanitisers, do take caution with the below:

  • Never spray anything directly onto your piano.

  • Avoid the use of harsh chemicals as well as cleaning agents containing more than 30% alcohol.

  • Squeeze your cloth dry so water doesn’t get through the gaps.Do not leave your piano wet. Allow it to thoroughly dry before closing the key lid.

Made with artful hands for loving hands, Markson Pianos divulges insider tips with step-by-step guidelines on how to disinfect pianos.

Wiping Down your Piano

  • With a clean feather duster, gently sweep over piano keys and casework to remove light particles.

  • Use only washable microfiber cloths for cleaning, and avoid sharing its’ use with other items.

  • Make a solution with 10ml washing-up-liquid and 500ml room temperature water.

  • Spray the mixture onto the cloth.

  • Wipe the keys delicately in a back-to-front motion.

  • Clean off the soapy liquid with a second dampened cloth.

  • Dry up your piano keys with a third dried cloth.

  • Air out the keys for about 5 minutes before resuming use.

Cleaning your Piano Casework

  • For polyester finished cabinets, use a cloth with a transparent window-cleaning solution.

  • For satinwood finished veneers, use a damp cloth a transparent window-cleaning solution.

  • For older French-polished pianos, use a slightly damp cloth with a solution made of 5ml washing-up-liquid and 500ml of water.

Spread Love, Join mushRoom

They say music is a universal language that connects people in emotion. Now more than ever, the world needs to come together in a symphony of healing and peace. We understand that not everyone can afford a piano, be it the constraints of space or cost. In a mission to spread the love of music, we founded mushRoom to connect lonely musical instruments and spaces to eager musicians via a rental marketplace. Our vision is to build a medley of communities through peoples’ passion for music. Do you have a piano in an empty study room, church, or studio? Join us as a host and make a little side money while you contribute to the dreams of others! Get to know your neighbours and make a musical impact in the world. Learn more about mushRoom and our ambition right here.

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