Dusting a Piano with a Glossy Finish

I put a lot of effort into this post. That’s right. I waited and waited for dust to build up on my piano. It was hard, but I resisted the urge to dust it many times. What can I say? I’m a giver.

Like many pianos, mine has a glossy finish. As much as I love it and plan on having it until my dying day, every little bit of dust and fingerprints shows up on it. (Do you know how many places a 4-year-old touches?) Product residue can make the piano’s finish look filmy. Even water marks can show up from dusting it with a damp rag.

For a long time I dusted the piano by using the damp rag method followed by a dry rag until my piano tuner introduced me to a little bottle of magic – Cory Piano Polish.

I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical at first.

The first time I used it, I freaked out at first. I spritzed on the polish and rubbed it a couple of times and it looked a little filmy. Say what? I rubbed it a few more times and lo and behold, magic. My super shiny, glossy, gorgeous piano was back!

See the half that is dusted and the half that isn’t?


The red in my piano finish really comes out when the light catches it a certain way, but so does the shine!

My only complaint about the polish is that I’m not a huge fan of the product’s smell. It could be better. But, I’m willing to overlook it because it works so well at shining up and protecting the piano’s finish.

I haven’t tried it, but I’m guessing this product would work well on any piece of lacquered, high gloss furniture. I’d ask your piano tuner if he/she has some, but if not, I found you can also purchase Cory Piano Polish on Amazon.

As a side note, I use an old cloth diaper/burp rag when I dust. They are super soft and don’t spread any cloth fibers.

It’s the little things that make me happy – like a nice, shiny, fingerprint-free piano. Give Cory Piano Polish a try and let me know what you think. Now, if anyone has tips for cleaning the inside of the piano – let me know your method! I always get in trouble come piano-tuning time when there’s dust inside the piano. Details, details!

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