Keep your piano clean. Keep the keyboard covered when
not in use to prevent dust from accumulating (although
ivory keys need some exposure to light to prevent yellowing).
Clean keys by occasionally wiping them with a damp cloth
and drying them immediately. If accumulated debris cannot
be removed with a damp cloth, try wiping the cloth on a
bar of mild soap or moisten with dishwashing detergent
before wiping. Do not use chemicals or solvents to clean
piano keys. Call a qualified piano technician to remove
anything from the keys you cannot wipe away.
To maintain the piano's finish, you may wipe the case
with a damp cotton cloth to remove fingerprints, or use
a polish with a reliable emulsion-type, water-based solution
following the manufacturer's instructions. Avoid aerosol
spray polishes that contain silicone. Your technician may
suggest a specific brand name.
The maintenance of the inner workings of the piano should
be left to a qualified piano technician. Resist dusting
or vacuuming the inside of your piano, oiling the moving
parts, or using moth or insect repellents. Your piano technician
will take care of all internal problems.
Try to maintain a fairly consistent temperature and humidity
in the room where your piano is placed. You can do this
by keeping your piano away from heat register and air conditioning
vents, your fireplace, frequently opened windows or outside
doors, and direct sunlight.
Play your piano regularly. You will get the most enjoyment
from it and also reach your potential much faster. A disadvantage
to idle pianos, assuming they also suffer a service lapse,
is that a detrimental condition or environment cannot be
identified, and an escalating problem can result in damage
that might not have occurred with regular service.
Keep all drinks and standing liquid containers off the
piano. Should spilled liquid reach inside the piano, notify
your piano technician immediately. In many cases, once
liquids are spilled, the damage is irreversible which is
why prevention is the safest rule to follow.
Select a piano technician with care. It is not only important
that the service person be competent to perform tuning,
regulation and repairs, but also that the person be someone
you feel comfortable calling with questions concerning
your piano's performance. Hiring a registered piano technician
who is committed to comprehensive service for your piano,
and not just an occasional tuning, is your best assurance.
Do not perform repairs yourself. Though a problem may
appear easy to solve (such as replacing a loose key ivory),
a qualified technician will have the proper tools and parts
and materials to make repairs quickly and correctly. It
is important to remember that unsuccessful amateur repairs
are usually much more expensive to fix than the initial
problem and may decrease the value of your instrument.
To avoid injury to yourself, your instrument and your
home, use only a professional piano mover to move your