When you have a piano, it is very important that you take care of it. When you take care of your piano, it will add beauty and functionality to your home for many years to come. Many pianos are even lucky enough to become family heirlooms.
Caring for your piano also means it will be able to play at its full potential. Over time, a piano may lose its sound, but keeping it tuned up and cleaned up means it will maintain its beautiful sound far into the future.
Here are ways you can take care of your piano:
- You have over 200 strings in your piano that are responsible for the beautiful sounds that it makes. It is very important that you call in a piano technician to keep your piano tuned. They are able to carefully adjust the tension of each string. Make sure you have this done twice per year. Even if the piano is not played, it will still go out of tune.
- If your piano is brand new, make sure it is tuned 3 to 4 times in the first year. The strings have to be stretched in order to be broken in. This can cause the piano to go out of tune more often. You must listen to your piano now and then. You'll be able to tell when it is out of tune because it goes out of harmony.
- When placing your piano within a room, always make sure it is away from heating ducts, radiators, and anything that emits hot air. This can affect both your tuning and can cause cracks in the wood of the piano. You also want to make sure the piano doesn't sit in direct sunlight.
- When cleaning and polishing your piano, do not use furniture polish. Simply take a micro fiber cloth and dampen it. Make sure it is wrung out well. If you're not sure where to find a micro fiber cloth, you can find them in the automotive department of your local department store or at the local auto parts store. You can also use piano polishes, which can be purchased from your local music store.
When cleaning the keys, use a damp cloth on the tops of the keys. If they are hard to clean, you can use a mild soap solution. It is important to make sure no water spills down the sides of the keys and that they are all dried thoroughly.
When cleaning the piano's interior, it is a good idea to have a technician do that job. There are many parts on a piano that can break, so only a technician should take the piano apart. This is because they know how to handle the parts and put everything back together correctly.
As long as you stick to these maintenance tips, your piano should be a staple within your home for quite some time. It will look beautiful, sound great, and everyone will admire it. If it goes into disrepair, then a magnificent instrument is not getting the fair treatment that it deserves.
So remember that you need to take care of your piano. Although it is expensive and magnificent, it isn't going to tune itself, clean itself, and it isn't going to place itself within the correct place within a room. You have to do all of that for it because it is unable to take care of itself. When you're able to pass your piano down to your children and your children are able to pass it down to your children, you'll know that you've done a good job.
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