A piano is a big investment into a beautiful instrument that can last you for generations when you take care of it properly. Whether you use your piano regularly for professional practice or you only use it occasionally, it is going to need the right care and maintenance to ensure it lasts for years to come. The following provides you with some recommendations to keep your piano maintained with good care and regular tuning.
Take Care of Its Use
When you bring a piano into your home, it is going to react to the use it receives and needs adjustments and tuning based on its activities. Some pianos are used on a daily basis for several hours, and others are only used periodically several times a week or month. So, consider how often you use your piano in deciding when to have it tuned.
In addition to how frequently you use your piano, how you play on the piano is going to affect its sound and how long it will stay in tune. You may be a gentle player and only lightly play on the keys, or you might play loud and hard with dramatic pieces. Consider the type of playing your piano receives, because the more stress on the keys and its strings, the more the strings are going to become loose, play more flat sounds, and need to be tightened. Be careful not to let children play on your piano because they can pound on the keys, causing extra stress. And always keep your keyboard covered when you are not using it so it can remain protected against accidental damage.
Consider the Environment and Placement
Another recommendation to help you take care of your piano is to plan for its specific placement so that it does not become damaged by the environment. Your piano is a fine-tuned instrument that is made of metal and wood, which are sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity levels. Monitor and manage the humidity levels in your home so that your home's air does not swing from high humidity to low humidity frequently, as this can cause damage to the wood and strings. A constant humidity level in your home along with a room temperature setting is the best plan to keep its strings, wood, and metal protected. You can do this with a humidity control system.
Be careful of where you put your piano to further keep it protected. Don't place your piano in the direct sun from a window because this can heat up the piano and cause extreme temperature changes. Also, don't place your piano against an exterior wall in your home due to the temperature swings in this location. And when you get your piano placed, let it acclimate for a couple weeks before you plan to tune it.
Contact a piano tuner in your area for more information.