How to Care for Your Piano

part I - your part

A piano is both a fine instrument and a piece of fine furniture. Both aspects of the piano deserve care and maintenance. Good piano care and maintenance is a partnership between you the owner and your professional piano technician.

First let's look at the things that you can do:

  • Start with good placement of your piano. It is best to place your piano away from exterior walls because of unstable temperatures and humidity.
  • The ideal humidity for a piano is around 40% with a temperature of 70-75 degrees.
  • Clean the outside of your piano with a soft cotton cloth that is slightly damp. Avoid using waxes that build up on the finish. If deep external cleaning is needed use a product such as Murphy's Oil Soap and follow with a furniture polish such as Guardsman cream or Amway spray cream furniture polish. Once cleaned you may revert back to a clean damp cloth.
  • Avoid placing the piano near windows with extended direct sunlight as this will cause the temperature of the pianos to change constantly.

The inside of your piano is the most important thing to take care of. Too many times I have been told, "Oh, we have taken excellent care of our piano." only to arrive and find that the care given was to polish the outside only. Of course, we all care how something looks in our home but your piano is more than just furniture, it is a very delicate and complex instrument that requires much more care. This is where your professional piano technician comes in. Please click here to go to How to Care for Your Piano - II.


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