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Piano Care Information

Avoid Windows:

Try not to place the piano near a window. Its cabinet is made of wood and must be protected against direct sunlight, humidity and sudden changes in temperature. Windows, which open on the out-of-doors, offer the least protection. If you must place the piano near a window, use a heavy curtain over the window for protection.

Avoid Heat:

Keep the piano away from sources of heat such as radiators or hot air registers. They may damage the finish and internal parts causing tone and balance to deteriorate. Make sure that no radiant heat or hot air draft strikes the piano directly.

Proper Conditioning For Proper Sound:

Pianos work and sound best when the temperature and humidity are right. Proper ventilation is also important. Generally speaking, a relative humidity between 50 and 60 percent is ideal for pianos.

How Humidity Affects A Piano:

Felt, cloth, leather and precision wood parts, some of them machined to tolerances as fine as 1/100mm, used in such critical parts of the piano as the action, are extremely sensitive to humidity. Too much humidity will result in dull hammer action, unclear tone, rusting internal parts and sticking keys.

Beware Of Excessive Dryness:

Too much humidity is a problem, but excessive dryness is an even more serious one, especially where heating and cooling systems are used to create artificially de-humidified rooms. Used in naturally dry climates, the piano has enough natural moisture to prevent excessive drying. However, if the air becomes too dry the wood and felt components will shrink. In extreme cases, the soundboard, joints and other laminated sections may even come apart. Slight distortion of the parts may cause noise, and the tuning pins may work loose, making it difficult to keep the piano in tune. To avoid excessive dryness it is best to keep some kind of leafy plant as a humidifier in the piano room.

Avoid Sudden Temperature Changes:

When a cold room is warmed suddenly, moisture will condense on the piano strings and other metal parts, causing rust to form. Felt parts will absorb moisture, dulling their action and resulting in unclear sound. Try to place the piano against an interior wall rather than an exterior wall. Outside temperature changes are not as severe next to interior walls.

Put Your Piano Where It Will Sound Best:

The piano should be placed in a room where the sound will be evenly distributed. A room where all the sound gathers in one spot will produce sound lag and echoes. The best room for your piano is one, which its sound will reverberate to produce pleasant, full-bodied tones without harsh echoes.

Avoid Placing Objects On Top Of The Piano:

A heavy object may cause poor tone or noisy vibrations if placed on a piano. A vase of flowers may look attractive on the piano, but if it should spill and water enters the piano, serious damage can result.

Avoid Placing Or Spilling Objects On Top Of The Piano:

Plastic products (Except Polyethylene)
Vinyl products
Anything containing Alcohol
Liquids such as cosmetics, insecticides, any kind of Aerosol, paint thinner or petroleum-based products.

Do Not Allow The Piano To Become Dusty:

Dust can dull the hammer action and cause noise. Dust the piano frequently with a soft cloth or feather duster.

Keep The Keyboard Clean:

The keyboard should be wiped periodically with a soft, dry cloth. Never use cleaners containing alcohol, as the keys will crack. If the keyboard is very dirty, wipe it with a cloth dipped in a solution of soap and water and wrung out well. The same cloth should not be used for cleaning the surface of the piano.

Always Cover The Keyboard When Not In Use:

Covering the keyboard helps to decrease the chances of loose items falling between the keys and causing them to stick. It will also help to keep dust from entering under the keys, causing a dull action.

Keep Your Piano Properly Tuned And Adjusted:

We at Miami Piano Movers would like you to receive the maximum enjoyment, usage and life from your piano. Miami Piano Movers suggest you contact a local tuner/technician for proper service and maintenance.

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