Having a piano is a major investment, and just like any other instrument, the Piano requires special care. Although it may seem like a lot of work to upkeep a piano, there are simple and easy ways you can prolong the life of your piano. Let’s take a look at basic and easy ways to take care of your piano:
Choose A Good Spot
Often times, having your gorgeous Piano next to your window seems like a dream out of a magazine. However, because a piano is made out of wood, having a piano by a window can actually cause damage. By placing your piano right by a window can cause damage from the UV ray lights of the sun, temperature changes, and even humidity. This can cause bleaching of the wood, not staying in tune, sticky keys, warped soundboard, etc. So before you make that investment, make sure to find the best spot in your home for your piano.
Keep It Tuned
It’s important to keep your piano tuned to take care of it. It’s recommended to tune your piano at least 2 times a year. Like most instruments, the weather can affect your piano. In the winter, make sure to tune your piano about one month before the heat comes on in your home. In the summertime, tune your piano one month after the heat turns off. This way, your piano will have time to adjust to the moisture and temperature of your home.
Keeping The Case Clean
In order to keep the case of the piano clean, make sure to not set any drunks, plants, or other items on it. Overtime, fingerprints, and dust will accumulate on it. Just like cleaning the dust, spray a soft cloth with some water and gently clean off any fingerprints or stains. If this technique doesn’t work, you can purchase any professional piano polish or Windex and use this instead. Always make sure to consult your piano technician if you are unsure of what to use on your specific piano.
Check out this video on how to properly clean your piano finish:
Keep Dust Off
If you’re not playing on your Piano, make sure to keep the fallboard and the lid shut as much as you can. This will help prevent dust from accumulating on your instrument. An easy way to clean off the dust is by taking a damp, soft cloth and gently cleaning off any areas that have dusk that you can easily access.
If there is dust accumulated on the soundboard and string that you can’t reach, its best to seek a professional piano technician for help. Although dust takes a long time to do much damage to your piano, hiring a professional is a great thing to invest in after a couple of years to keep your piano looking and playing smoothly.
We hope you enjoyed reading about these 4 easy ways to take care of your piano. If you’re interested in buying your dream piano, we are open! Our hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. We are happy to help you in person again, using all the guidelines we have been provided. We are here for you.