Basic rules of piano care.
Keep your piano in tune. It was specifically designed to be tuned to the international pitch standard of A-440 cycles per second. Your piano will sound its best and give you and your family the most pleasure when it is tuned regularly and kept in proper playing condition.
Keep your piano clean. Keep the keyboard covered when not in use to prevent dust from accumulating (although ivory keys need some exposure to light to prevent yellowing). Clean keys by occasionally wiping them with a damp cloth and drying them immediately. If accumulated debris canít be removed with a damp cloth, try wiping the cloth on a bar of mild soap or moisten with dishwashing detergent before wiping. Do not use chemicals or solvents to clean piano keys. Call a qualified piano technician to remove anything from the keys you canít wipe away.
To maintain the pianoís finish, you may wipe the case with a damp cotton cloth to remove fingerprints, or polish with a reliable emulsion-type , water-based solution following the manufacturers instructions. Avoid aerosol spray polishes that contain silicone. Your technician may suggest a specific brand name.
Try to maintain a fairly consistent temperature and humidity in the room where your piano is placed. Itís important to keep your piano away from a heating register in winter, an air conditioning vent in summer, a fireplace, a frequently opened window or outside door, and direct sunlight.
Play your piano regularly. Youíll get the most enjoyment from it and reach your potential much faster. A disadvantage to idle pianos, assuming they also suffer a service lapse, is that a detrimental condition or environment canít be identified, and an escalating problem can result in damage that might not have occurred with regular service.
Keep all drinks and standing liquid containers off the piano. Should spilled water reach the action, notify your piano technician immediately. In many cases, once liquids are spilled, the damage is irreversible which is why prevention is the safest rule to follow.
Select a piano technician with care. Itís not only important that the service person be competent to perform tuning, regulation and repairs, but also that the person be someone you feel comfortable calling with questions concerning your pianoís performance. Hiring a registered piano technician who is committed to comprehensive service for your piano, and not just an occasional tuning, is your best assurance.
Do not perform repairs yourself, though a problem may appear easy to solve, (such as replacing a loose key ivory), a qualified technician will have the proper tools and parts to make repairs quickly and correctly. Itís important to remember unsuccessful amateur repairs are usually much more expensive to fix than the initial problem and may decrease the value of your instrument.
Use only a professional piano mover to move your piano. You will avoid injury to yourself, your instrument and your home.
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