How To Maintain Your Piano

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As a piano owner, you invested time and money into finding and purchasing the perfect instrument for your needs. Once you got your piano home, it probably became the centerpiece of your living room or den as well as a major part of family life. Keeping your piano in top shape requires that you maintain both its look and its tone. You will need to follow several procedures in order to properly care for your piano.

Humidity

Keeping your piano in good shape requires the proper level of humidity. To keep your piano working and sounding as it should, you should keep it in approximately 40% humidity, the optimal level for piano performance. In order to accomplish this goal, you may need to purchase both a humidifier and dehumidifier, depending on which part of the country you live in. If you do not take precautions, the humidity can cause serious damage to your instrument and require expensive repairs or even replacement.

Wood Finish

Maintaining the finish of your piano is simple. If you have a modern instrument, the finish is already designed to repel water stains and keep its shine. Simply dusting it and wiping it down with a damp cloth is usually sufficient to maintain the finish. Waxing and polishing are not necessary unless you have an older piano. In that case, you may want to occasionally polish the surface, but you do not want to overdo it.

Tuning

Obviously, keeping your piano in tune is vital to maintaining the performance of your instrument. Experts recommend having it tuned once or twice each year by a "tuner-technician." Getting a certified expert is worth the cost to protect your piano from someone who is inexperienced in the art of tuning. If you ignore this maintenance task for several years, a tuner may have to complete a total pitch raise on your instrument. An out-of-tune piano defeats the purpose of having one.

A piano is a fantastic investment that can be passed down for generations. Having one can add to the enjoyment of family life and allow multiple people to pursue their love of music. Once you get a piano, you will need to provide the proper environment for it. Your home's humidity must be controlled, and the piano must be tuned regularly. Fortunately, surface maintenance takes very little time and effort. Owning and enjoying this fine instrument is worth the effort it entails. For more information, tlak to a professional like Arin Piano Co.

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