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Prized Home Pieces: 7 Ways to Care for Your Piano

Whether it's a family heirloom or a newly bought piece, maintain your instrument with these tips


Pianos are often seen in the homes of families who love to play and listen to music. If you own one or at least planning to get one for your space, it pays to know the proper ways to help you care for your prized piece. Let the tips below guide you.

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Keep these tips in mind:
  • Always remember to close the piano lid to avoid dust accumulation. However, if your piano has ivory keys, it's good to keep the lid open to keep the keys from turning yellow. 
  • Avoid placing food and drinks on your piano. Cold drinks might leave marks on the piano's wood while food particles might get stuck inside the piano's inner areas and keys.
  • Protect your piano using a drop cloth when not in use. It helps keep dust and dirt from settling in between keys. You may also opt to buy a drop cloth that can cover the entire piano. 
  • As much as possible, place your instrument away from the window to protect it from direct sunlight. Too much sunlight might affect its external finish. Some homes prefer to place it by the living area or under the stairs if the space allows.

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  • Dust the piano's keys weekly using a damp microfiber or lint-free cloth. Avoid using abrasive aerosols when cleaning and opt for mild cleaners instead. 
  • Excessive moisture may affect the piano's sound quality. Keep your piano in a well-ventilated area where air can circulate properly. 
  • When cleaning the insides of your piano, make sure you hire a professional. Schedule a yearly maintenance check with a piano technician to see if the inside parts are still working well. 

RL Tip: Does your piano's tone sound different? This is a sign that you might need voicing. It involves adjusting your piece's tone or quality of sound. Consult your piano technician for more information.  

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