Piano Care Tips

 

1. Piano Placement in Your Home

Place the piano away from heating ducts, hot air registers and radiators. These things usually dry out the air around them, and can not only affect your tuning stability, but can also lead to cracks in your piano’s soundboard. Attempt to keep the piano out of direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can harm the finish of the piano.

2. Cleaning and Polishing Your Piano

Polishing the Piano: It is normally not advisable to use furniture polish on pianos. The greatest way to clean a piano is to use a soft cloth which has been slightly dampened and wrung out. A micro fibre cloth is useful for cleaning dust off high-gloss finish pianos. Micro fibre cloths can usually be identified in the very same section as house automobile wash accessories in your neighborhood hardware retailer. Piano polishes may possibly be purchased from your neighborhood piano store. Some of these polishes are anti-static, and assist to hold the dust off your piano.

3. Cleaning the Piano Keys 

It is advised to use a clean damp cloth to clean the tops of the piano keys. In instances exactly where the keys are tougher to clean, a mild soap remedy might be utilized. Make certain to thoroughly dry the keys following cleaning and do not let any water spill down the sides of the keys. By no means use any chemical substances or cleaning fluids on the keys.

4. Cleaning the Interior of the Piano

It is generally advised that the inside of the piano be cleaned only by a technician. As there are several breakable parts on a piano, it is ideal to have a specialist take it apart in order to steer clear of any harm. Dust buildup in the piano might cause the mechanisms to stick or function more slowly.

5. Regular Maintenance

Taking the time to care for your piano effectively and having it service by a qualified piano technician will not only keep your piano in optimal playing condition, it will also sustain the re-sale worth of your instrument.

6. Leave the Key-lid Open Occasionally

Keeping your piano closed when not in use is a good habit to have … 70% of the time. Dust and air particles can build up into a sticky mess between piano keys, causing mobility issues. However, if the lid remains closed for too long, mold growth can occur inside the piano. This is especially true if your piano is kept in a dark or humid room.

  • Keep the key-lid up a couple times each week during daylight hours. Indirect sunlight and proper air circulation will discourage mold growth inside your piano.
  • If you have a keyboard, invest in a properly fitted cover. Mold is generally not an issue here.  A gentle once-over with a vacuum cleaner attachment can help fight off dust buildup.

7. Play Your Piano Regularly

You’ll get the most enjoyment from it and also reach your potential much faster. A disadvantage to idle pianos, assuming they also suffer a service lapse, is that a detrimental condition or environment can’t be identified, and an escalating problem can result in damage that might not have occurred with regular service. Felt mites and moths are especially damaging to the internal felt pieces. Regular use produces an uncomfortable environment for such creatures by crushing down the felt where they like to live. Regular use will also keep out mice and chipmunks who make their homes underneath the keys.

8. Keep Drinks Away 

If liquid seeps between the piano keys and reaches the interior, it can cause major (and costly) damage. Harm done to the exterior wood’s finish is a given.

  • If liquid gets onto the piano keyboard, wipe up excess liquid from the keys’ surface. To avoid further dripping, try not to press any keys while doing this.
  • If liquid gets between the keys, contact a registered piano technician as soon as possible. Do not attempt to remove the keys and fix the mess yourself.

 

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