How to Care For Your Piano

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A piano is composed of very many parts. These parts need to be well coordinated for a piano to produce the perfect sound. Therefore, proper care needs to be taken when handling a piano. Humidity is the biggest enemy to a piano. As moisture comes into contact with the soundboard, it contracts and expands as it receives it. These movements exert pressure on the strings that cross the bridges that are attached to the soundboard.

A piano that is frequently played need to be frequently tuned. Tuning your piano at least twice in a year is a safe tuning frequency. The pitch of the piano is relative to tension, and as such, it is good to keep the piano tuned so that the tension does not drop. When a piano is not tuned to the appropriate pitch and tension, is tone suffers and major components live soundboard and bridges can be severely damaged.

Regular cleaning of a piano is crucial. Cleaning I necessary due to the regular fuzz and residues shed by felts due to constant friction inside the piano. When this residue accumulates under the key, it affects the key’s downward travel. A piano should be cleaned by a technician internally after a few years. Besides, grand pianos tend to build up dust on the soundboard and around the tuning pins. Routine tuning is, therefore, necessary to prevent massive build up.  Know about Sacramento Piano Storage here!

A damp cloth should be used to clean wood finishes to remove dust and fingerprints. Lemon oil can be used once or twice a year since it is friendly to wood. Avoid using aerosol products since they may contain alcohol which will damage the lacquer, dry out the wood and cause hazing. The keys should be cleaned using a mild detergent. Plastic keys are easy to clean. For stubborn stains, denatured alcohol is recommended. Acetone should be avoided since it will destroy the sheen of the keys. Lemon juice should be used to clean ivory covering. Mild detergent should be used on plastic sharps while 0000 steel wool should be used to buff and clean ebony sharps.

Place the piano away from radiators, heating ducts, and hot air registers. This is because these items dry out the air around them, and this will destroy the tuning stability as well as lead to cracking of the piano’s soundboard. The piano should be kept away from direct sunlight to avoid damaging the finish of the piano. Besides, the items inside the house affect the sound of the piano. As such, adjusting the items accompanying the piano in the room will help produce the desired sound.

Proper care for a piano and servicing by a qualified Piano Repair technician will help keep your piano working optimally and also maintain its resale value.

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