Hints on the best way to look after and maintain your new piano or grand piano.

Maintaining an upright or grand piano is essential to ensure it remains in good playing condition and retains its value over time. Here are some key steps to look after and maintain your piano:

  1. Location and Environment:
    • Place your piano away from direct sunlight, radiators, heating/cooling vents, and drafty areas. Extremes in temperature and humidity can harm the instrument.
    • Maintain a stable room temperature of around 68-72°F (20-22°C) and a humidity level of 40-50%. Use a hygrometer to monitor humidity levels.
    • Avoid placing the piano near doors or windows that are frequently opened, as temperature and humidity fluctuations can affect the piano's tuning and condition.
  2. Regular Tuning:
    • Tune your piano regularly, at least once or twice a year. More frequent tuning may be required if the piano is in heavy use or experiences significant temperature and humidity changes.
    • Hire a professional piano tuner or technician to perform the tuning. DIY tuning is not recommended unless you are an experienced piano technician.
  3. Cleaning:
    • Dust your piano regularly with a soft, lint-free cloth to prevent dust buildup. Pay attention to the keys, strings, and other exposed surfaces.
    • Clean the keys with a damp (not wet) cloth, and avoid using chemical cleaners or excessive moisture. Ivory and plastic keys may require slightly different care.
    • Use a soft brush or vacuum cleaner attachment to remove dust from the interior of the piano, including the soundboard and action mechanism. Ensure the piano is properly covered before cleaning to prevent debris from falling inside.
  4. Key Maintenance:
    • Keep your hands clean when playing the piano to prevent oils and dirt from accumulating on the keys.
    • Avoid placing heavy objects or resting objects on the keys for extended periods, as this can lead to key damage or uneven key alignment.
  5. Regulation and Voicing:
    • Periodically have your piano regulated and voiced by a professional technician. Regulation ensures that the action is responsive and consistent, while voicing maintains the tone quality of the instrument.
  6. Humidity Control:
    • Consider using a piano humidity control system, such as a Damp-Chaser or a piano dehumidifier, to help maintain stable humidity levels within the piano.
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  8. Preventative Maintenance:
    • Have a technician inspect your piano annually for any signs of wear, damage, or mechanical issues that may need attention.
    • If your piano has casters, be cautious when moving it. Use professional piano movers for any major relocations.
  9. Cover and Protection:
    • Use a piano cover or grand piano lid to protect the instrument when it's not in use. This helps prevent dust accumulation and keeps the piano looking its best.
  10. Professional Service:
    • Whenever you notice unusual noises, changes in tone, or keys that don't respond properly, contact a qualified piano technician to assess and address the issue promptly.

By following these guidelines and providing regular care and maintenance, you can ensure that your upright or grand piano remains in excellent condition and delivers beautiful music for years to come.