We have been asked several times about products to clean organ consoles to protect from Covid-19.
As a general rule, we don’t recommend ANY cleaning chemicals on any parts of organs.
For a cleaning product to kill the Covid-19 virus the surface needs to be wetted and left to air dry. If this is done to a keyboard, there is a very real chance that the ivory can begin to lift off of the keys.
Other reports suggest alcohol. Alcohol is proved to kill Covid-19, however within second it will remove the French Polish from the woodwork of the console.
So, with the above in mind, we recommend the following:
On arrival at the organ console, wash your hand with soap and water or alcohol hand wash.
On leaving the organ, wash your hands again.
If you are in a teaching environment, or have many users of the organ, perhaps the use of an effective facemask would also stop aerosols from coughing etc landing on surfaces.
FINALLY, another important thing to do is have a record of when the organ is used. This record should contain Date, Time, Name and contact number. This can be used for track and trace should any organist contract Covid-19, and can also be used to see when the organ was last played.
A download of a sample record can be downloaded here.
If its been more than 72 hours, the console is naturally clean.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope this information helps.