20 Oct Care & Upkeep of your Piano
Have you been taking care of your acoustic piano recently?
If the answer is “no” or “what, I have to do things to take care of a piano?!” then you should probably keep reading. 🙂
There are a few things you should be doing to keep your acoustic piano in great condition. Read through our list below to see what else you could be doing to take care of your piano:
- Has your piano gotten tuned recently?
If the answer is no, you should think about hiring a piano tuner to check out those ivories. Piano tuners focus on making minute adjustments to the tension of the strings of a piano, in order to properly align the intervals between their tones. Many factors, some out of our control, can cause pianos to be out of tune, such as changes in temperature and humidity. Piano manufacturers recommend brand new pianos should be tuned about four times in the first year, and then once to twice per year afterward.
- The positioning of your piano
You might have heard someone tell you to place your piano along an inside wall, or out of the sunlight that streams in those windows facing the east each morning. They’re onto something there— in order to keep the piano at a stable temperature (and to slow the color fading!), it’s best to put the piano away from windows that allow constant direct sunlight in, and the temperature is more stable on inside walls compared to outside walls.
- Check the humidity levels in your home
Too much or too little humidity can lead to damage to a piano. The wood may shrink and crack, and the soundboard and joints’ glue may separate and dry out. The ideal humidity levels for a piano is 40-45%.
- Regulate your piano
If your response to number 4 is “But a tuner comes out to check mine periodically…”
That’s great! But regulation and tuning are two different processes. Tuning is specifically for the tone and pitch of the piano. Regulation is a very in-depth quality assessment of your piano. Whoever comes to regulate your piano might have to adjust the mechanical parts, whereas a tuner adjusts the strings inside your piano.
- PLAY YOUR PIANO
This one shouldn’t be an issue, but all too often we hear about neglected pianos in homes all over. Pianos were not only built to be played— they WANT to be played! So make sure you carve out time sometime soon to show your piano some love.
Do you need help getting started playing the piano? Feel free to check out other pages of our website for more information on how you can start your piano journey today!