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Piano maintenance tips for beginners


You are a proud piano owner. But to have such a magnificent instrument in your possession requires great commitment. The piano is delicate, expensive, and if not handled properly, can be easily damaged. There is an everyday approach as well as monthly and yearly maintenance. You must follow the routine especially if you are using it every day. Therefore, we will point out a few piano maintenance tips that will keep your piano in check. Let us take a look.

Start with the basics. Where you hold your piano?

The moment you become a piano owner, ask yourself. Where should you keep it? Whether you are using it daily or once a month, it is important to follow a few simple rules. First, do not place your piano in a crowded room. More items you have, more dust is in the circulation, which is bad for your piano. Also, do not keep it in a room with pets, kids, or a room with a lot of movement. Moreover, we should say that the piano should not be positioned near a fireplace, AC, or any source of heat. Same as big windows since your piano won’t appreciate direct sunlight. The same goes for cold, humidity, etc. Therefore, decide on the piano spot before you enter your apartment, or make necessary arrangements once you obtain it.

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The place your piano is located shouldn’t be too dark or too bright. Find a balance.

So, find a place with a normal room temperature around 20° and with about 50% humidity level. Preferably a room restricted from everyday activities like eating, drinking, smoking, etc. It would be best to figure this out while you still have your moving helpers with you. Your piano movers Brooklyn should receive these instructions on time. Make them place your piano exactly where you want it to stay and be used daily. Do not attempt to move it yourself later when you change your mind and decide that it is better to conduct your everyday practice in a different room.

One of the common piano maintenance tips is to cover it while not in use.

The most common among piano maintenance tips is to keep an adequate cover on it daily. Maybe you are unable to cover the whole piano, or you want to utilize the aesthetic aspect of it. But at least cover the keys after you are done with playing. By covering your piano, you are protecting it from sunlight, dust, and hair floating through the air. Those can accumulate between piano keys and create a huge problem later on. Hence, find a proper cover for both situations. You won’t have to think much about the piano keys since each piano comes with a proper keys cover. A soft piece of fabric designed to cover and protect piano keys. As long as you maintain the routine and cover each time after playing, you are good.

One of the basic piano maintenance tips is to cover it while unsued
You can always improvise but be sure to cover your piano while not using it.

We would strongly suggest covering the whole piano if possible. This will prevent all kinds of contaminants from reaching inside the piano and damaging it. The best way is to use a simple white sheet since it is something you have in your home already. But if you want to make a custom made cover, you can use your leftover packing supplies and make something interesting. A box cover is easily assembled, and you can paint over it and make something appealing to the eye.

Storing solution

If for some reason you are about to store your piano the same protective rules will apply. You can store it in the basement, attic or you are renting a climate-controlled storage unit. Whatever is the case, you must cover it and protect against dust, moisture, mold, and weather conditions. But keep in mind that such an instrument needs to be maintained adequately and regularly. Therefore, ask for storing an in-depth guide from a professional at your music store.

You shouldn’t practice eating and drink around your piano.

Now we will provide a few preventative measures rather than piano maintenance tips. While you follow these rules, you will be preventing a lot of maintenance and keep your instrument safe. Keep the following away from your piano:

  • Liquids – Piano has a flat surface that is simply inviting you to place a glass of your favorite beverage on it. It is convenient to have it there while practicing so you can refresh and enjoy your time. But keep in mind that any spillage can permanently damage your piano. You can damage your keys and internal parts easily. And it is not something that you can repair or clean yourself.
  • Snacks – Should we say more about this one? No snacks or any kind of food around your piano. Crumbs and leftovers can stick between the keys and make them unusable. It is better to take a short break and have a quick bite than to damage your piano. Besides, your hands are busy playing, you do not need snacks while producing wonderful music.
  • Dust – Always cover your piano when cleaning the room. Excessive dust can accumulate inside the piano and on piano keys and create all sorts of problems. This is why it is important to cover it when not in use. And while cleaning your piano, use cleaning products without harsh chemicals like silicon or solvents. Also, do not attempt to clean anything inside. This is something that should be done by a professional.

How often do you use your precious instrument?

Now, keep in mind that a brand new piano needs some adjustments at the beginning. It will need some time for the wires inside to stretch a bit and to adjust to the humidity levels and the temperature inside your room. You might need to tune it more often in the first year. But this won’t be a huge problem since you must tune it regularly anyway. At least twice a year is recommended, regardless of how often you play. And we would suggest that you do it. Play your piano regularly and it will keep all your moving parts alive and in order. Which we can’t say for a piano that is played a couple of times a month.

Ask a professional about the basic piano maintenance tips.

All the cleaning of inside parts, as well as the tuning, should be left to a professional. As well as all the piano moving challenges. You shouldn’t attempt any of those yourself because pianos might look big and robust but they are delicate in nature. Find a good piano technician and make friends. Preferably someone that you can trust and over time they will know your instrument inside out. It is good to have a professional that will take care of the tuning, voicing, cleaning, parts changing, and repositioning.

You should service and thoroughly clean your piano at least twice a year.

Who will move your piano?

In case you need to relocate your home, do not forget to seek out your local moving services Brooklyn. A reliable piano moving team is what you need. A team of professionals that moved hundreds of pianos and have enough skill and experience to move yours as well.

We will recommend checking U. Santini Moving and Storage Brooklyn as it is a moving company that will cover all your moving teams. More importantly, they have one of the best piano moving teams in the state. With thousands of relocations performed flawlessly, they are your best choice. Give them a call and communicate the details of your move.

There we go, these were the basic piano maintenance tips you should know about. Write down all the steps you must take for a monthly and yearly maintenance and stick to it. With proper discipline, we are sure that you’ll be able to keep your piano preserved for years to come. Good luck.

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