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Tips for Looking After Your Piano

Piano Day is an annual worldwide event which takes place on the 88th day of the year – in 2020 it’s 28th March – because of the number of keys on the instrument being celebrated.

The aim of the day is to create a platform for piano related projects in order to promote the development of musical dimensions and to continue sharing the centuries-old joy of playing piano. Piano Day welcomes all kinds of piano lovers — young and old, amateur and professional, of any musical direction – to join in this years festivities. It is intended to be the most joyful of all holidays!

If you love your piano, then you will appreciate these tips put together for you on how to give it some TLC and care for it on a daily basis.

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1. To avoid your piano rolling away make sure all its wheels or castors fully touch the floor. Even 1mm off the ground can cause your piano to vibrate. Place your piano 8-10cm from the inner wall of the room and a reasonable distance from the window.

2. As much as you may like to cuddle up to the radiator, your piano will appreciate a more stable temperature. Your piano is sensitive so avoid sticky keys and corrosion by keeping the heat away. The more steady the temperature and humidity, the happier your piano will be.

3. Don't forget to give some regular love to the piano cabinet using a soft cloth or old school feather duster. Special cleaners are available for every type of finish but always experiment with a small section first. A clean piano is a happy piano!

4. It might be tempting to have a go yourself but keep those fingers away! Leave tuning to a professional who can also keep a look out for other potential issues with your piano. We recommend tuning two or more times a year even if the piano is not being played.

5. Unless you have a soft fall mechanism be careful when closing the lid, as your piano will happily chomp at your fingers. We recommend keeping the lid closed when the piano is not in use or laying a cloth over the keys if kept open.

6. A piano covered in plants may make a great pic but don't put anything on top of the piano especially drinks, flowers, candles or plants. Liquid falling into your piano can end the poor pianos life, candle wax can destroy the finish and a picture frame can cause vibration which will interfere with your lovely piano recordings.

7. We all know you've seen the maestro Nils Frahm bash the piano strings with a toilet brush at his live shows but don't let that string you along. Touching the hammers and strings with anything, especially bathroom equipment is a bad idea. Any problems consult with a professional.

8. You may think milk makes the perfect cleaning ingredient for those pearly white keys but your piano needs nothing more than a soft damp cloth to keep the dust away. Place your hand under the keys to prevent them from depressing when leaning as the wood on the side of the keys is untreated.

Happy playing!

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