I recently received a forwarded email with some useful information from Ian Fennell, President of JJH McLean Pianos in Winnipeg regarding how piano teachers can disinfect their studio pianos:
In response to a growing concern regarding the H1N1 flu threat in Manitoba, J.J.H. McLean & Co. Limited has been recommending to teachers, families, and institutions to use a 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water solution to clean their piano keys on a regular basis. This tried and true (and old) mixture can disinfect both plastic and ivory keys. The store has been very diligent in cleaning its in-stock inventory keys on a very regular basis now since early July and is encouraging all to practice this very easy preventative measure.
Sarah Luebke on the MTH blog also lists some useful precautions:
- Wipe down piano keyboard
- Wipe down music stands
- Wipe light switch
- Wipe doorknobs and entrance
In my studio, I've been noticing that students are canceling more often at the first sign of sickness. Ironically, there are fewer sick students at lessons than in previous years (so far at least).
Should piano teachers receive the H1N1 vaccination? Since the facts aren't yet fully known on the effectiveness of the first and second generation vaccines currently available in Canada and the U.S., I won't comment on this issue until there is more information available.
What are your thoughts on the H1N1 threat as it applies to the busy studios of piano teachers? Do you have any further thoughts on how to make your studio a cleaner environment?