The piano is a difficult instrument to take care of. There are lots of rules and dos and don?ts to keep your instrument in top shape.
Here are a couple rules of thumb to follow to make sure your piano stays in good health.
No food or drinks at the piano! Just like spilling liquid on a computer, if liquid seeps into the cracks or keys, it can cause serious, irreversible damage to your instrument. Food and crumbs can become lodged under the keys causing unnecessary wear to the piano. Pianos are not cheap to fix, so it?s best to keep all food and drinks away from the piano. If you do spill something on your piano, call a piano technician as soon as possible. Do not try to take off the keys or clean up the mess yourself as it can cause further damage!
Regulate the temperature and climate around the piano. Pianos are tricky instruments that cannot handle direct sunlight or severe dry or humid climates. Frequent climate changes can mess with the sound of the instrument causing it to deteriorate faster than normal. Room temperature and 40% humidity is ideal.
Keep your piano in the right place. If possible, do not keep your piano right next to exterior walls. Exterior walls will often be more difficult to regulate temperature because they are in direct contact with the outside. Do not place the piano in a room where there is a lot of traffic. If your piano is kept in the dining room and you tend to host lots of dinner parties, the temperate of the room will fluctuate more and there will be a greater chance that the piano will be harmed.
Leave the lid open on the keys. You may have heard that when the piano is not in use, the lid should be shut to keep dust from forming on the keys. This is true, to an extent, but only if you play your instrument frequently. If you do not take piano lessons or practice your piano on a weekly basis, moisture can be sealed under the lid, causing mold to form. It?s a good idea to open your piano key lid for a couple times every week to make sure the keys are staying dry and free of moisture.