One of the most important things in music production is keeping your equipment clean and functional. Why is this so important? It's important because you don't want to spend a bunch of money buying new equipment because you don't take care of your equipment right. One of the most important pieces of equipment is either your MIDI keyboard or your piano. If you take care of your keyboards and pianos right, they will be working for you for a long time.
Keeping your MIDI keyboard clean can make your equipment work for a long time and not easily get busted. It will also ensure to produce the best sound quality possible.
What NOT to do with plastic keys:
1) Use any chemical based cleaner.
2) Leave the keys uncovered for a long period of time. This will cause the keys to change color.
3) Use any kind of polish like Pledge.
General cleaning is merely to dust your keyboard especially the keys regularly. You can buy those brushes with all the delicate bristles so they won't damage the finish of piece of equipment and it keys. You can use an air blower to blow away the dust from those tough to reach areas between the keys. Just make sure not to position the mist nozzle in close proximity as it could cause freezing which might harm the electronics. Vacuum-cleaning will also help when you get rid of the dust and dirt.
Every once in a while, you will need to use warm water and vinegar with a clean chamois leather. After you do that, you can shine the keys by buffing. Cleaning the rest of the surface of your keyboard is important too. A vacuum can suck up excess dust and anything else on the surface. Use a soft clean cloth to wipe the rest of the surface down.
You can also be proactive in caring for your MIDI keyboard. For example before you begin using it wash your hands to remove any body oils and dead skin that can be left on the keys. You can also use a cover when not using your equipment to prevent dust from collecting on it.
It also helps if you don't eat or drink anything when you're using or playing with the keyboard. Even if you're careful you won't notice all those little crumbs that can fall into the cracks or in between keys which can potentially attract ants that can create havoc with the circuits.
The best way to go about it is to regularly clean everything even if you don't see any dirt on it. This way you set the routine to clean and not forget it - it also helps to keep things from building up and making it harder to clean in the future.
A tiny love and tenderness can certainly help make your MIDI keyboard running for a long period. If you take care of the cleaning regimen you can stop a lot of possible hazards that can affect its performance so it doesn't affect your performance when you need it.
Source by D Grossy