Caring for your Piano
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE MY PIANO TUNED?
It is recommended to have your piano tuned once or twice a year, even if the
piano is not being used as it will lose its fine tuning over a period of time
due to seasonal temperature and humidity (an ideal humidity is 50% - you may
purchase a humidity meter directly from me). A regularly maintained piano will give
trouble free service for many years as the strings and iron frame are being kept
at the correct tension and any problems can be picked up and easily repaired at
an early stage.
Pianos are designed to sound best when regularly
tuned to A440 pitch which will match other instruments.
For more information on tuning
and my other services please visit the 'Services
I Offer' page
CARE AND MAINTENANCE FOR YOUR PIANO
Treat your piano like a piece of valuable furniture. Keep it clean and never
stand drinks, vases of flowers, or plants on it. Spilled liquids can seriously
damage your piano.
New pianos finished in polyester or satin lacquer require only a light dusting
with a feather duster or soft fabric cloth (flannel or chamois) as coarse or
synthetic fabrics can scratch some finishes.
To remove fingerprints or similar marks use a slightly soft damp cloth, clean
with a gentle touch and dry immediately with a separate cloth. Always wipe with
long straight strokes and not circular motions. On no account use spray polish.
Do not dust any exposed parts inside your piano, these are fragile and best left
for a Technician to clean these areas.
Do not position your piano next to a radiator or in direct sunlight. Avoid under
floor heating if possible (a special heater displacement mat can be used to
prevent damage to your Piano). Avoid locations near AC vents, heaters,
fireplaces, directly in front of windows
Play your Piano regularly. The
Piano action contains many bushing and centre pins, and if left dormant for long
periods of time this can cause sticking keys to occur.
If the only available location is
in a room that is not ideal (i.e huge changes in humidity) a special humidifier
and dehumidifier designed for Pianos can be fitted by me, known as 'Dampp Chaser
- Piano Life Saver'.
Click here for more information.