Piano Care – How to Maintain Your Piano

How to Maintain Your Piano In order for the piano to serve for a long time, follow the rules of piano care:

1. The instrument should be kept in a room with an average room temperature within +68 degrees and with a humidity of 50%. It is important not to allow sudden fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Otherwise, the tool very quickly gets frustrated. Depending on the climatic and housing conditions, the temperature regime can be determined in the range from +53 to +77 degrees Fahrenheit, and the humidity of air from 40 to 60%.

2. Do not use a piano or grand piano in damp areas. You should avoid installing the instrument (especially the piano) between the windows of the room, in damp corners and outside walls. And of course, the proximity of the water supply and household appliances is unacceptable. The polishing of the tool can be spoiled by direct sunlight. Also it is necessary to protect it from drafts.

3. In very dry, hotly heated rooms, the instrument should be placed as far as possible from heating and heating devices.

4. From the humidity of the environment in a certain dependence is the hygroscopicity of wood and soft materials. A normal function of the moisture content in the instrument is to establish a constant optimum humidity of the room air. Therefore, in dry rooms it must be moistened.

5.When moving a piano, it is exposed to the sudden change in temperature and humidity, and therefore it should not be touched during 1 day, giving the opportunity to gradually get used to the room conditions. After that, dry cloth should wipe all the external surfaces, and then, opening the lids wipe everything inside the piano.

Do not put heavy objects on the piano6. For better sound feedback, the instrument (especially the piano) should be placed not close to the wall, but at a distance. The tool should take a stable position.

7. Do not put heavy objects on the piano, and also cans of flowers and containers with water. This can lead to defects on the polished surface of the casing, as well as to moisture penetration inside the tool and damage to parts of the mechanism, keystoning, rusting of metal parts, etc.

Also, items on the instrument can provoke a resonant phenomenon. This resonance phenomenon is very similar to the detuning of the instrument. In fact, a well-tuned note is mixed with a mechanical, noise vibration of this object. This vibration is like a buzzing or hissing, which prevents the correct and clean sound of the reproduced note.

8. Always play with the instrument on dry, clean hands. If dirty spots appear on the keys, they must be wiped off with a damp cloth, and then wipe dry properly. After classes on the instrument, you need to close the keyboard with the keyboard cover to avoid damaging the appearance of the keyboard, as well as the ingress of dust and foreign bodies onto the keyboard, which entail a keystoning.

9. With any movement of the instrument indoors, care must be taken to avoid sudden shocks and bumps. This can lead to the appearance of cracks in the cast-iron frame and the failure of the tool.

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