Air-conditioning: Keep you piano
away from the direct air-flow!
Heating: The same as for air-con!
the piano up when not in use! Easier for an upright
– the top usually stays shut anyway. A grand needs to be opened up for playing
(unless you are practising from memory! In any case, you won’t hear the full
tonal quality of the grand if it’s closed up). Also close the fallboard
(the lid which covers the keys). This will keep dust from settling on and under
the keys! (Most tuners have come across any number of piano where, over the
decades, a mountain of dust has settled under the keys! The solution is simple
enough – remove the keys and vacuum the keybed).
carefully about where you place the piano in the house! The best position is
an inside wall, away from the sun (south-side in the southern hemisphere;
north-side for the northern hemisphere). But if you can generally keep the
house interior free of large fluctuations in temperature, and keep you piano
away from that air-conditioner or heater, the piano should do fine.
place vases of flowers on the piano! When the inevitable
happens (a spillage), water will flow down into the works and cause havoc! (see
store the piano in a shed!Certainly not if the
piano is any good! Long-term storage in a shed can wreak havoc on a piano. Not
only will there be big changes in temperature and humidity, you run the risk of
vermin infestations. If you have no plans to use the piano, and there is no
room for it, sell it!
Don’t place a water jar inside the piano!!!
This idea comes out
of hot, dry climates (such as our own, and some parts of the USA). The thought
was that as the water in the jar evaporates, it helps to maintain the humidity
level in the wood. However, it not only fails in this
(your jar of water will take several months to evaporate, thereby having almost
no impact on the humidity level), there is the danger of spillage if the piano
The jar of water can also
attract bugs and water bacteria. The
best option is to install a humidity
control system, a mechanism which is specially designed to maintain a
constant humidity level (42%) in all kinds of weather.
if the piano is an old wreck
? (Probably only a tuner could
determine this properly, although if it looks and sounds like an old wreck, it
probably is one!). If it’s beyond repair, the shed might be the only place for
it for now. But if it’s in that bad a state, don’t pass it on to someone looking
for something to start on! You’ll only be giving them (and a tuner!) a
heap of headaches! Either take it to the tip, or contact a piano tuner – he or
she might be able to use it for spare parts!
Cleaning the exterior of your piano
: For the wooden
parts of the casing, a conventional furniture polish should be fine. If you
have something particularly stylish and classy, look up the manufacturer’s
Cleaning the keys:
A standard cleaning
cloth with a conventional cleaner is usually fine. Best to spray the cleaning
agent onto the cloth first. This minimizes the moisture applied to the piano’s