Caring For Your New Piano – Part II
Caring for your new piano is imperative if you plan to keep it for a long time and enjoy it. In order to maintain your piano, it is important to keep it tuned and have it inspected on a regular basis. There are other things you need to do in order to care for your piano and make it last. Here well will talk about cleaning your piano and why keeping it in a stable environment is a good idea.
Grand piano in a large room
How can I ensure my piano will stay in tune longer?
The temperature and humidity in the area where you piano is located are the biggest factors that affect the tuning of your piano. In hot and humid weather, the various parts of the piano will expand and you will notice that the notes you play sound sharp. In the cold and dry weather, the sound will be flat. Because the parts do not expand and contract at the same rate, the piano will go out of tune. If the room is too dry, the sound board could also crack. If this happens, you are looking at a costly repair. A room that is too humid will cause parts to stick and the strings to rust. These temperature fluctuations need to be maintained at a moderate level all year round in order to ensure the sound of your piano.
How do I keep the temperature moderate?
To keep your piano in a controlled room that has a moderate temperature you should invest in a humidistat. This device can be mounted on the wall and it will measure the humidity in the room. You want the humidity to be between 40-50% in the winter, using a small humidifier to keep some moisture in the room. In the summer, make sure you use your air conditioner or a dehumidifier to control the moisture. Do not place the dehumidifier or humidifier right next to the piano but keep it in the same room.
Where should I place the piano in the room?
The ideal place for the piano in the room is away from any heating/air conditioning ducts, hot air registers and radiators. You also need to keep it away from direct sunlight that could damage the finish. Make sure you take into account the other items in the room, such as drapes and wooden bookshelves. These will change the sound of your piano. You may need to adjust the placement of the piano until you find the right spot that gives the best sound.
How should I clean my new piano?
Your new piano should be polished using a soft damp cloth that has been wrung out. Micro fiber clothes are perfect for cleaning the dust off the high gloss finish and you can find them at your local hardware store or even at the piano dealer. The keys should be cleaned the same way although you can use a mild soap solution if they are really dirty. You need to make sure that you do not allow any water to spill between the keys and to thoroughly dry them. The interior of the piano should be cleaned by a professional so that you don’t damage any of the moving parts. Never use any chemical cleaners on your piano.
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