COVID-19 AND PIANO CARE

 

   Following the advice of the Piano Technician's Guild, we have summarized the most frequently asked  

   questions:

 

   General Recommendations

  • Use alcohol-based disinfectants (minimum 60%).

  • Do not use bleach-based disinfectants or any product containing citrus on the keys or cabinet of the piano. These can be in the form of a wipe, towelette or liquid.

  • If using a spray or liquid bottle, use a disposable towel. Put the disinfectant on the towel and not the piano. 

  • After use, immediately put the towel or disinfectant wipe in the trash and wash your hands. In your own home, a clean rag or towel can be used but immediately place in the wash.

  • Always follow up with a dry towel and never leave any liquids on the piano or keys.

  

   Keys

  • The keys are the most important part.  Alcohol-based wipes or liquids are fine on both plastic and ivory keys.  If your black keys are real wood, it may remove some of the color, so test a small area first. Always put the spray or liquid on a cloth to damp, not wet. Never spray or pour directly on the keys. You want to avoid any liquid running down the sides of the keys.

  • For the most part, you should only need to keep the keys clean.  In your own household where you are sheltering in place together, you shouldn't need to disinfect very often. To clean the keys, we recommend a solution of 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water. Spray on a clean cloth to damp, not wet. 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY PIANO BE SERVICED?​

Your piano is an investment, therefore it should be maintained with the utmost care. Because your piano contains

materials subject to change with climate conditions, regular servicing is required. Manufacturers have individual recommendations as to how often you should service your piano. Generally though, pianos should be tuned every 6 – 12 months, depending on the use.



HOW SHOULD I TAKE CARE OF MY PIANO?

In addition to regular tuning, consider the following aspects of general piano care



HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY PIANO'S FINISH?

As with any piece of fine furniture, it is wise to keep drinks off the finished surfaces. New piano finishes generally require only occasional cleaning with either a dry or damp cotton or microfiber cloth. Older piano finishes may benefit from an occasional polish but frequent polishing is not recommended. We sell cleaners and polishes specifically formulated for both shiny and wood finishes.

BASIC RULES OF PIANO CARE
Keep your piano in tune

Your piano was specifically designed to be tuned to the international standard pitch of A-440 cycles per second. Your piano will sound its best and give you and your family the most pleasure when it is tuned regularly and kept in proper playing condition.



Keep the piano clean

Keep the keyboard covered when not in use to prevent dust and pet hair from accumulating (although ivory keys need some exposure to sunlight to prevent yellowing). Clean keys by occasionally wiping them with a clean, 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 a solution of 4-parts-water to one-part-vinegar. 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.


Maintain the piano's finish

To maintain the piano’s finish you may wipe the case with a clean, damp, cotton or microfiber cloth to remove fingerprints, or polish with a reliable emulsion-type, water-based solution, following the manufacturer’s directions. Avoid aerosol spray polishes, especially those that contain silicone.​

Maintain a consistant temperature and humidity

Try to maintain a fairly consistent temperature and humidity level in the room where your

piano is placed. It is important to keep your piano away from a heating register in winter,

and air conditioning vent in summer, a fireplace, a frequently opened window or outside

door, and direct sunlight. You may want to consider installing a Piano Life Saver Humidity

Control System in your piano.

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