Piano Care

Piano Care TipsHow Should You Care for Your Piano?

Piano tuning is the most important part of piano care and should be done at least once a year.

You can dust your piano’s case with a soft cloth. (Some people swear by microfibre cloths.) I do not recommend furniture products containing silicone, which can cause damage to your piano if it gets inside the case. Grand piano owners can dust the cast iron plate under the lid, but don’t try to clean the soundboard under the plate yourself–ask your technician to do it periodically.

You need to have a qualified technician tune your piano once or twice a year. Even if they’re not being played much, pianos go out of tune. Without regular tunings, the pitch falls, the tone deteriorates, and it may take several tunings to get the piano back up to pitch and stable. (So you’re not really saving money by not having your piano tuned.) More advanced pianists and pianos used for teaching require more frequent tuning and maintenance. New pianos should be tuned four to six times in the first year, until the new music wire stops stretching and the tuning is stable.

Many pianos could benefit from action regulation. Regulating the action means adjusting the relationships of all the moving parts so the piano feels and plays as it was designed to. Many people don’t notice their piano going out of regulation, because it happens gradually—but they are amazed at the improvement when a regulation is done.

Your technician should be able to perform basic repairs like replacing broken strings and hammers and fixing keys that don’t work.

Contact me at dmafrancis@sympatico.ca to schedule a consultation or tuning.