How to Safely Clean an Organ Keyboard?
Corona virus issue is the one not to be neglected, and with the World Health Organization and our own Government’s wide spread advice for cleanliness and hygiene it is important we stay calm, do what we have to and follow centuries old Hippocrates’s “DO NOT HARM”.
We have received a very prudent query from one of the NZ prominent organists who wanted to know how to safely clean an organ keyboard as good old “dry cloth wipe” no longer suffice. We thought we would share our recommendations here.
John Hargraves MNZM: ” I normally advise using a Cloth dampened with water, but see no harm in adding a small quantity of mild soap, mild detergent or mild disinfectant to the mix.
Under no circumstances should any alcohol, oil, solvent, abrasive or silicone based cleaners or polishes be used for cleaning ivory, bone or celluloid keys or consoles, except under expert guidance.
A follow up wipe with a cloth dampened with water only should then be done. Do not use excessive wetness. “