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Piano-quette - Top Ten Guidelines for Piano Care

1. Keep your piano in tune. A tuned piano is a played piano. We are all looking for inspiration to play the piano more often. Having it in tune keeps the piano inspired.

2. Play your piano regularly. Once you establish that special relationship with your instrument, consideration for your piano’s maintenance will come out of respect. You can’t wear it out by playing and practicing doesn’t cause it to go out of tune.

3. Have a piano regulation done every 3 to 5 years. You'll be surprised at how dynamic your piano can sound and how crisp, delicate and powerful it feels.

4. Keep your piano clean. Keep the grand piano lid closed when not in use to prevent dust from accumulating. Clean keys by occasionally wiping them with a damp cloth and drying them immediately. You can purchase a product named “Key Brite” for cleaning the keys. Fingers seem to glide over the keys after using it.

5. Maintain the piano's finish. Feather-dust the piano first (dust is abrasive, so wiping it first can cause scratches), then wipe with a soft, damp cotton cloth, wiping in the direction of the grain. Then, wipe excess moisture with a similar dry cloth.

6. Polish? If a more thorough cleaning and polishing is wanted, special polishing products are available that are made specifically for your piano finish.

7. Don’t put anything smaller than a piano technician inside your piano. Leave the piano “innards” alone. Resist dusting the inside of your piano or repairing or adjusting anything inside your piano. It is much cheaper to have a professional repair the original problem.

8. Maintain consistent temperature and humidity. It's important to keep your piano away from a heating register in winter, an air conditioning vent in the summer, a fireplace, or a frequently opened window or outside door. Never have your piano placed in direct sunlight.

9. Keep all unnecessary stuff off the piano – especially liquids. Should spilled liquid reach the action, call a piano technician immediately. The fewer the objects placed on your piano, the better. Pencils, coins, paperclips, and strange objects that have dropped inside the piano are often the cause of noises and notes that don't work properly.

10. Always use a professional to move your piano – especially grand pianos. Shattered piano legs, damaged hardwood floors and broken fingers and toes happen when moving your grand piano by yourself.

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