When you’ve invested as much as you have in a piano, you will want to make sure and spend the time and money necessary to maintain it well. Doing so doesn’t require much, but there are a few important things to always keep in mind concerning the care of your instrument.
Typically you will want to schedule your piano to be tuned at least once a year to ensure your instrument remains in it’s best condition. However, new pianos may need to be tuned every six months for a few years as the strings will continue to adjust and stretch. As such, it takes more initial investment to get the instrument to a stable medium. Consult with your piano tuner in order to make the best decision regarding your piano.
When choosing a place for your piano in your house, there are a few things to consider. One, choose a place that will keep the instrument out of direct sunlight. Not only can the sunlight cause the wood finish to fade quickly, but the heat from the sun can actually negatively affect the tuning. If possible, you will also want to keep the piano on an inside wall so the tuning is not affected by the fluctuations in outside temperature.
If your instrument has a basic wood finish, you can clean the outer casing just as you would your other wood furniture. Dusting is perfectly fine. If the keys themselves become dirty, a clean, damp cloth is the best way to clean them off. Make sure to never clean the piano with anything that is too wet as the extra liquid can cause damage. Food and drink should not be allowed by the piano and while it looks pretty in pictures, you don’t want to keep a vase of flowers on the instrument!
While keeping your piano in good working order requires some investment of time and money, making sure you have a quality instrument on good working order will be highly motivational to your child as he pursues his musical studies. Nothing can be more frustrating than trying to practice on an instrument that doesn’t work well. By investing in proper maintenance now you and your child will reap greater benefits in the future!