5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Piano
A piano is an organic instrument made from many mechanical parts including wood – which expands and contracts depending on climate – as well as felt, cloth and wool. Each time it is played, its internal workings shift slightly. This means pianos do go out of tune and their sound may change over time.
These five top tips for piano care should help you keep your piano sounding its best.
2. Keep the room temperature even
Don’t expose your piano to variations in heat and cool. Avoid placing your piano on a wall which is west-facing and exposed as these walls get hot in summer and can cause variation in temperature. Keep your piano away from the air conditioner, heater and open fireplace.
3. Keep your piano hydrated
If you have an older piano (made before about 1930) it is a good idea to place a bowl of water in the bottom of the piano to keep it ‘hydrated’. This will help with the expansion and contraction of the pianos wooden components. A small margarine container is perfect. Check regularly and top up as required.
5. Have your piano regulated ocasionally
Over time, changes in the wood, wool, felt and cloth elements can affect how your piano feels to play and how it sounds. Regulation is like an in-depth service for your piano. Tuning is about pitch and focuses on the strings and pins, while regulation means adjusting the mechanical parts of a piano.