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AUG 19, 2013

How to care for your piano

If you have spent lots of money on a piano then you’ll want it to stay in tip top condition. The thing is, they’re very delicate instruments and maintaining them can be quite hard work.

In this blog I’m going to give you 4 tips to maintain you piano so you can enjoy its wonderful sound for years to come.

Placing

Where do you keep your piano? If it’s in a high traffic area it’s probably going to fall victim to bumps, scratches and so on. They’re beautiful instruments and very sensitive. If you want to truly care for your instrument make sure that it’s kept away from areas where it’s exposed to people banging into it.

Temperature and humidity

As I said, the piano is a very complex instrument and so the slightest change in humidity and temperature can have an effect on its quality. Both of these things can swell and shrink the wood which can then in turn alter the tuning, make keys stick, and promote general wear and tear.

You shouldn’t keep your piano in direct sunlight or near heaters and windows. To ensure that your piano is in a controlled environment purchase a hydgrometer and track the humidity levels. You should also purchase a dehumidifier.

Tuning

What’s the point in having a stunning piano if it sounds awful? To ensure that the instrument is retaining its wonderful sound you should have it tuned at least once a year. This will obviously mean that your piano is always in tune, but it also means that the tuner may be able to spot small problems before they escalate.

Cleaning

It can be tempting to wipe your piano down with furniture polish, especially when it’s started to pick up some dust. Don’t! These cleaning products can contaminate the wood and work down the lacquer.

The best way to clean your pianos surface is to wipe it down with a damp cloth, and then dry it thoroughly with another cloth. The same can be applied to your keys.

Food and drink

This one should be obvious but you’d be surprised at the amount of people who decide to ignore it. You should never eat or drink at your piano. One spill could spell disaster.

Many people decide to rest their drinks on top of the piano too, but if people are constantly coming and going, it won’t be long until that drink is knocked over.

Using it as a shelf for your picture frames and trophies is a no-no too. They can easily scratch the surface and if they were to fall inside the instrument they could cause severe damage.

Properly looking after your piano will mean that you’ll be able to enjoy its beautiful sound for years to come. So please, don’t neglect it! Caring for it doesn’t have to be hard work.

Created on 19th August 2013
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