Pianos are sensitive objects which when looked after can give many years
of enjoyment but need a few simple things to keep them happy.
Keep out of direct sunlight. (This fades the polish and causes heat extremes)
a window is OK as long as it's not full a height, South facing window.
Keep away from direct
sources of heat such as: Agas, Radiators, Open fires
Keep away from strong draughts and sources
of extreme damp.
Ideal conditions for a piano:
An ambient temperature of not more than
20 degrees C (68 Fahrenheit)
Humidity should be between 40% to 75%
Humidity Below 40% may cause
your piano to dry out - glue joints break and bits fall off !
Humidity above 80% can cause action
parts to seize up - you will get sticking notes. It can cause metal parts to rust and mildew may form
on some parts of the piano.
For wood finishes: use
a silicone free furniture polish. One with beeswax is best. Just use a soft cloth and rub over
Modern polyester finishes really only need a soft cloth to polish off any finger marks
and dust. DO NOT use cleaning products as they may harm the finish.
Beeswax will merely become
Use a damp cloth with some non-abrasive cleaner.
Avoid using one
with ammonia as this may harm the casework or dissolve the blackness of the sharps.
any moisture to get down between the keys, otherwise they may swell up and stick.
becomes yellowed it is very difficult to bring it up to white again, as
the discolouration goes
through the grain.
The art of cleaning and
polishing brasswork on a
piano lies not so much in getting the brass itself looking sparkling as
avoiding damaging the wood
finish around the brasswork. If you do get brass polish where it shouldn't be, on older pianos
brass cleaner stains can be removed with a soft cloth with beeswax on it.
You piano should be tuned regularly about every six months to keep it
sounding at its best. Read the article on tuning frequency
(no pun intended).
New pianos should be 'prepped' (Regulated, checked over,
tuned to A440) before they leave the show room. If you are not happy with a new piano after
delivery, let it settle down for a while and bring up any issues with the tuner when he comes
to do the first tuning (usually within a few weeks of delivery).
As with anything mechanical,
a piano will wear out, go out of adjustment over the months and years and will need remedial
work once in a while. For a domestic piano this may be as little as minor regulation and toning
every few years, in fact some good tuners do this work each time they come to tune your piano.
Enjoy your piano !