According to WHO guidelines, the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to keep your hands clean, wash them frequently, avoid touching your mouth and nose with your hands, wear a mask, maintain social distancing, etc. Therefore, before and after playing the harp, please remember to clean your hands with soap for 40 seconds or use disinfectant alcohol with 60% or more alcohol content. At the same time, do not touch your eyes, mouth, or nose while using the harp.
Properly cleaning the harp Salvi Harps emphasizes that most disinfectant products can damage the harp, so please do not use alcohol, bleach, ammonia, or other disinfectant products on the harp body. You can use a soft dry cotton or ultra-fine fiber cloth to clean the harp. If you must use a wet cloth to clean the harp, immediately wipe it dry with a dry cloth and remember to disinfect the wet cloth.
Regularly disinfecting the harp strings According to Bow Brand, harp strings can be disinfected with alcohol, which easily evaporates and does not harm the harp strings. We can sprinkle disinfectant alcohol or gel on cotton or ultra-fine fiber cloth, and gently clean the strings, but do not repeatedly or vigorously rub the strings, as this will damage the surface layer of the strings. It is recommended to avoid using spray bottles to prevent alcohol from spraying on the harp body.
Safety strategies for sharing harps in the classroom The COVID-19 virus can linger on different surfaces for 4 to 72 hours. Ideally, the harp should be isolated for 72 hours before being used again. If usage is high, the harp strings should be disinfected every time. If the environment allows, open doors and windows to allow for air circulation. In addition to sharing harps in the classroom, we also share music stands, harp tuning keys, sheet music, etc. Please try to avoid sharing accessories and bring your own lightweight items, such as a tuning key and sheet music.