Are you looking after your piano properly? The spring clean is a good time to check

Spring is a time for fresh starts and if your piano – or even your piano playing – has been a bit neglected this is a good time for action.

To remain in good condition pianos do need a level of care and, in particular, require regular tuning.

A piano that looks and sounds good will inspire you to play more frequently so it really is important.

If the room that you keep your piano in has become cluttered and full this might not be helping, so have a good think about tidying up around the piano and make sure the room is one you want to be in by freshening up the decor if needed.

Creating a pleasurable playing environment is part of the experience so a bit of work to tidy up could go a long way to make playing the piano more enjoyable and accessible.

Keeping your piano in good condition

When it comes to cleaning a piano the best advice is to keep it clean in the first place!

Prevention is the best method so avoid putting food or drinks on the piano and make sure your hands are clean before playing – this is even more important if your child is learning as all parents, no doubt, are aware.

By the same measure avoid using your piano as a storage surface as items could easily scratch the surface as well as encourage a build-up of dust.

While it is advisable to leave cleaning the delicate interior of the piano to professionals, weekly cleaning will help to keep your piano looking and sounding good.

Get into the habit of regularly dusting the surface and the keys of the piano – working forwards on the keys to help prevent dust getting trapped between the keys.

Use a damp cloth to wipe over the piano before drying the surface. Make sure you always use a smooth cloth that will not damage the keys or surface.

In the event of the surface becoming scratched use a specialist polish for the particular finish.

Schedule regular tuning

To keep your piano sounding at its best make sure to book in professional piano tuning when it is needed. This is usually only once a year but pianos that are played very frequently may need to be tuned at least twice a year.

Also be mindful of where your piano is stored. If the room your piano is kept in is subject to relative extremes of temperature, or prone to damp, you may want to consider moving it as this can affect the material and, as such, the sound.

Avoid placing pianos in direct sunlight, in the line of a draft, or next to a radiator. Careful planning will make all the difference in protecting your investment.

To update your piano or invest in a new instrument, find the perfect model for you by getting in touch with Broughton Pianos.

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