The world is a dirty place and it covers everything and anything, even water. Often, it doesn’t hurt to have a little dirt on something like your shoes or your car, unless you’re a clean freak. However, it hurts if you are talking about your electronic gadgets and devices and this is true for your MIDI keyboard.
Your keyboard (keys, knobs, sliders, etc.) gets messy simply from dust and debris floating in the air, even if you stay home as a musician, but it gets worse when you’re always traveling when you’re playing gigs or looking for places to get inspired to write. In addition to normal dirt accidents, they can and do happen, so you can end up adding grease or oils to the mix (or worse).
That’s why giving your MIDI keyboard, or any keyboard you might have, a cleaning from time to time (regular is good) can go a long way toward ensuring the longevity of your gear to produce the sounds you want it to produce. your.
Basic cleaning is simply dusting the keyboard, especially the keys, frequently. You can buy those brushes with soft bristles so as not to damage the finish of the instrument and its keys. Compressed or canned air is also good for removing dust from hard-to-reach areas between the keys. Be careful not to close the mouthpiece as it may freeze and damage electronic components. Vacuuming can also help get rid of dust and dirt.
You can also use clean chamois leather and a mixture of warm water and vinegar to clean the keys. Simply moisten the polish and gently move it over the keys. Use a clean, soft cloth to dry and polish the keys of your MIDI keyboard. Do not use any type of liquid to clean the surface or any type of polish such as Pledge. There are cleaners you can buy specifically for electronics and the like but use with caution as they can affect plastic keys.
As mentioned above, use a soft, lint-free cloth to clean the keyboard and keys. For the knobs and sliders, use cotton swabs so you can reach the smallest nooks and crannies. Just remember not to use too much liquid to clean. Dry everything with a cloth. You can even ventilate it using a fan just to be safe. You want everything to be dry before you even think about turning it on and using it. If you want to prevent a lot of dirt and dust from getting into your computer, keep it covered. This can help minimize dirt and dust and keep your keys from fading.
A little love and tenderness can help your MIDI keyboard perform for a long time. By keeping up with your cleaning regimen, you can help prevent many potential pitfalls that can affect your performance so it doesn’t affect your performance when you need it to.