How to Clean Piano Keys with Toothpaste

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Piano keys are a delicate and important component of the instrument, and it is important to keep them clean and well-maintained.

In this article, I’ll show you how to use toothpaste to get your keys looking shiny and new in no time. 

I’ll go over the items you’ll need, the steps to take, and the advantages of using toothpaste for this task. 

Plus, you’ll learn what kind of toothpaste to use and how often you should clean your piano keys. 

So if you want to bring the shine back to your keys, keep reading.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • Plain white toothpaste
  • A soft cloth or sponge
  • A toothbrush (optional)
  • Water


  1. Start by squeezing a small amount of toothpaste onto a soft cloth or sponge. If you’re using a toothbrush, you can apply the toothpaste directly to the brush.
  2. Gently scrub the keys with the toothpaste, using a circular motion to cover the entire surface of each key. Be sure to pay extra attention to any areas that are particularly dirty or stained.
  3. Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away the toothpaste and any dirt or grime that has been lifted.
  4. Dry the keys thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth.

Advantages of Using Toothpaste for Cleaning Piano Keys

Toothpaste is a great choice for cleaning piano keys because it is gentle yet effective. 

It is also easy to find and affordable, making it a convenient option. Toothpaste is also non-toxic, making it safe to use around children and pets.

What Kind of Toothpaste to Use

It’s important to use non-abrasive white toothpaste when cleaning your piano keys

Abrasive and/or colored toothpaste can damage the keys and make them more susceptible to staining. 

It’s best to use mild, white toothpaste for this task.

How Often Should You Clean Piano Keys?

It’s a good idea to clean your piano keys at least once a month to keep them looking their best. 

If you play your piano frequently or live in a particularly dusty environment, you may want to clean the keys more often.

Tips for Keeping Piano Keys Clean

  • Use a soft, dry cloth to dust the keys regularly to prevent dirt and grime from building up.
  • Keep your piano covered when not in use to protect the keys from dust and other contaminants.
  • If you have small children or pets, consider using a keyboard cover to protect the keys from spills and accidents.


Cleaning your piano keys with toothpaste is a quick and easy way to keep them looking their best. 

By following the steps outlined above and using mild, non-abrasive toothpaste, you can easily remove dirt and grime and restore the shine to your keys. 

Remember to clean your keys regularly and use protective measures to keep them clean and looking their best. I hope that you find this article helpful.

If you want to learn more ways to clean with toothpaste, see my article on How to Use Toothpaste to Clean Leather Car Seats.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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