How to Look After Your Piano

Sinead Owens By Sinead Owens, 19th Dec 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A Piano is a wonderful investment. Not only can a piano provide beautiful music for years to come but it also becomes a part of the family. Pianos are commonly centerpieces at parties, gathering places for curious children and heirlooms passed from one generation to the next.

The Beauty of Pianos

A Piano is a wonderful investment. Not only can a piano provide beautiful music for years to come but it also becomes a part of the family. Pianos are commonly centerpieces at parties, gathering places for curious children and heirlooms passed from one generation to the next.

Some pianos last centuries, their sound and design maturing into works of art—but only if they’re properly cared for. Pianos may seem big and strong, but they need love and care just like any other instrument. Here’s how you can keep your piano in top shape for years to come.

Tips to Keep your Piano Forte (strong)

Tune It Up

Pianos will go out of tune over time (like any instrument) and need to be tuned by a professional about twice a year.

Letting your piano sit out of tune is bad for multiple reasons. If you continue playing it, you’ll put stress on its inner workings, but you’ll more than likely stop playing it, which will leave it in a state of dusty decay.

Temperature Control

Pianos are sensitive to temperature and humidity. Alternating hot and cold will cause its parts to expand, contract, and become brittle. This will also cause your piano to go out of tune quicker. Humidity is even worse. This can cause your piano to warp or glued pieces to loosen.

Keep your piano at ground level, and maintain a temperature of about 70 degrees year round. If you live in a place with high humidity, invest in a dehumidifier to use on extra humid days.

Get Piano Insurance

Sometimes damage is inevitable. Even a small instrument can cost a lot to repair, but pianos often require a small fortune. Piano insurance is an absolute must for piano owners. Make sure it covers service, parts, and transport.

Dust Regularly and Keep Keys Covered

Pianos have covers for their keys and inner parts for a reason. Dust can wreak havoc on a piano by getting between the keys, into crevices and causing things to stick and rust up.

Keep your piano closed when you’re not using it, and dust the outside and keys with a damp cloth once every few weeks. Ask your technician to clean the inside when he/she comes to tune it up.

Play It Regularly

What’s the best way to keep your piano in top shape? Play it! Tickle the ivories at least once a week to keep your piano active and happy.


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Would you be able to suggest how to tune the piano as in once every month, year etc. How do you care for the action of the piano??? The pedal damper protection etc.
You are a know it all about the instrument, so just checking on deeper routed techniques of looking after a piano.

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