How to Care for Your Piano
You’ve decided to enroll your child in piano lessons. You’ve found a piano teacher, and after visits to dealers, and hours of looking at grand pianos, upright pianos, and digital pianos, you’ve found the perfect instrument.
It’s delivered to your home, tuned, and now you and your young pianist are ready to make music!
To keep your investment looking and sounding great, you’ve got to take good care of it.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Keep your piano away from sources of heat.
Your new piano contains a lot of sensitive wood, including something called a ‘soundboard’. This part can be affected by changes in temperature and humidity. To keep things stable and sounding good, keep your piano away from heaters and central air vents. Help keep your instrument happy by placing it (ideally) away from direct sunlight.
Keep liquids away from the piano.
Just like your cat, your piano doesn’t like to get wet!. Water can damage the soundboard, the keys, and result in undesirable changes to sound and performance. Best to leave the drinks on the coffee table. Additionally, it’s a good idea to avoid putting potted plats or vases with flowers (and water!) on the piano.
Use a dry, microfiber cloth to keep the piano keys and keys clear of dust. Consider closing the keyboard cover between practice sessions, to prevent dust from accumulating on the piano keys.
Wash hands before playing the piano.
Encourage children to wash their hands before playing. Piano keys can get sticky and gross in a flash!