Piano Care – How to Maintain Your
If you’ve made the decision to purchase a piano, or if you’ve inherited one from
a relative or a friend, it’s wise to consider how you should maintain your
instrument, and keep it sounding beautiful for years to come.
Owning a piano is a privilege for anybody who enjoys playing, or listening to
others play and practice. But like any instrument, there is a certain amount of
piano care that goes into keeping the instrument in good condition, and
maintaining it for years to come.
One of the most important decisions a piano owner can make is deciding where to
place the instrument. Pianos can be particular about humidity and sunlight, so
be sure to take time to investigate where your piano should sit. Try to find a
position that is out of direct sunlight, or is at least filtered from the
harshest of the sun’s rays. Sunlight can hurt the piano’s finish, and it can
negatively affect the sound by causing cracks and loosening of the tuning pins.
A discussion of piano care wouldn’t be complete without the mention of humidity.
Humidity is another consideration piano owners must confront. Pianos like a
constant humidity of about 40 percent. Of course, we all know that humidity can
vary from day to day, and season to season. That’s why many piano owners choose
to invest in a dehumidifier and a humidifier in order to keep the household
humidity constant, and at an optimal setting for the instrument. If you think
investing in these devices is an expense you’d rather not incur, just consider
the cost of replacing your instrument, or repairing problems associated with
Most piano owners know that they should have their instrument tuned by a
professional every now and then. What they may not know is that pianos should be
tuned frequently – at least twice a year (or more if the piano is played
frequently by multiple students). Your local music shop should be able to refer
you to a reputable technician who can not only tune the instrument, but also
troubleshoot or look for problems that an ordinary tuner might not catch. A good
technician will also give you tips on proper usage and maintenance and other
piano care tips, which could reduce or eliminate future problems altogether.
As the owner of a piano, also want to keep your instrument looking good and
clean. Children should be told to keep snacks and drinks away from the piano,
and to practice only after they’ve washed their hands. Clean and dust the keys
with a damp cloth at least once a week, and keep heavy decorations and plants
off the piano. You don’t want to damage the piano finish or risk water leakage.
If children will play your piano, it would be worth your while to take the time
to show them how to properly play the instrument. Pounding on the piano keys is
not good for the instrument, and there’s a difference between abusing the piano
and playing with passion and gusto. In addition, children can be very hard on
the piano pedals. Again, a quick lesson on how to properly use the pedals will
eliminate any unnecessary wear and tear on them, and keep your piano in good