Taking Care of a Piano

Taking proper care of a piano is essential for it to perform well. With these few tips, your piano will look and sound as new as the day you got it.

Always keep a piano away from heating and air conditioning vents. Direct hot and/or cold air will degrade the finish and eventually the wood. Try and maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level around the piano. Seasonal fluctuations in humidity are problematic for pianos. This is because the wood will shrink and expand with those changes. In extreme cases this can cause cracking in the wood and joint failure.

If you are placing a piano against a wall, leave a 6” gap from the piano to the wall. This will create comfortable airflow for all sides of the piano.

Also, do not put the piano in direct sunlight for long periods of time. This is detrimental to the finish and will cause tuning problems over time.

To keep a piano looking shiny and new, polish it with a soft, damp lintless cloth, wiping in the direction of the grain. Then use a soft, dry lintless cloth to pick up the leftover moisture and residue. We recommend that you do not use furniture polish, or any cleaning/polishing agents for that matter, on the piano because they will make the finish dull. You can also clean the piano keys with the same method as above, but be sure to use a different cloth on the black keys than you use on the white keys.

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