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Looking after a piano is easy if you follow the given piano care tips.

The first of several piano care tips is move your piano as little as possible. Ideally you should place it in your home in a spot where it won't ever be moved, not even to the other side of the room. When considering where to place your piano, do not place it against an external wall, that is, a wall that on the other side is exposed to the outside environment. This is because the temperature of an internal wall is going to have far less temperature fluctuations than an external wall. It is also a good idea to keep the piano away from sleeping areas, simply because the piano might be able to be played while others are sleeping, of course this is dependent on the size and layout of the home. Positioning a piano out of major traffic corridors in your home is also a good idea, because this will help protect it from bumps and scratches.

A list of piano care tips needs to include the following advice. Don't put drinks on top of the piano. I've heard that this only applies to hot drinks because a hot drink would most definitely mark the surface, but the advice should be never, ever put any hot or cold drinks on top of a piano. This is because if a drink was spilled, then your piano would sustain serious internal damage and it would prove to be very costly to fix the damage. Even though putting a drink on a piano might not necessarily spill, but I don't think its worth the risk.

As far as looking after the external surface of the piano, keep it dust free as much as possible and don't use any commercial cleaners other than what the manufacturer recommends. I use a soft, lint free cloth that is barely damp so it will pick up any dust and it will keep the surface nice and shiny. A soft, dry, lint free cloth is all that is required to keep the keys clean, presuming that whoever plays your piano has clean hands. Except for when the piano is being played, keep the lid to the strings, hammers and dampeners closed at all times and this should prevent any dirt or grime entering this cavity. Actually, the aforementioned strings, hammers and dampeners should not be touch at all because the natural oils from the fingertips can affect and potentially damage these components.

Any list of piano care tips has to include the following advice. Get your piano tuned every year by a professional piano tuner that is a member of their local piano tuners association. Its not cheap to get your piano tuned by a professional but it is well worth the cost. Its also a good idea to get the piano tuned during either spring or autumn (fall), as the weather is not at an extreme and this will help your piano hold its tuning for longer. If there are ever any repairs that need doing, only trust your professional piano tuner to do the job.

If you follow these piano care tips, you should minimize the long term cost of keeping your piano in optimum condition.


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