Summer: a time of relaxation, good food, bikini bodies and hot temperatures. We all have a strong sense of keeping ourselves healthy during these few months of the year, but what about other things? Like say, our pianos?
Yes, you heard it right – there’s a special set of rules that come into play when it comes to keeping YOUR piano healthy. And for the most part, it’s pretty easy. Like any health-driven decisions, you just have to stay mindful. Keeping your piano in good shape is the best thing you can do for it in the long run. And the more you can do “in the moment,” the less repairs you’ll have to face later.
Here Are Our Top Tips:
- Avoid Direct Sunlight: We’ve all been there. Sitting in the sun feels good for a little while, but too much exposure can easily lead to burning headaches and reddened skin. Eventually, the effect of the heat on your body becomes too much handle, and it’s no longer enjoyable – in fact, it gets a little miserable! The same goes for your piano. Too much sun not only bleaches the finish, but lends to overheating and drastic changes in temperature – none of which is good for it.
- Defend Against Humidity: One of the biggest complaints we get between the seasons is the quick and drastic switch from perfectly tuned to perfectly OUT of tune. And the biggest cause? Humidity. Here in Tennessee, our springs and summers experience that perfect blend of rain showers and rapidly changing temperatures – and it’s not very good for your instrument. If your home experiences high humidity, a dehumidifier can actually be installed within the piano that will activate when it encounters too much moisture in the vicinity. And if low humidity is your problem, a humidifier will do just the opposite. Either one will help keep your piano in its sweet spot.
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- Move It, Move It: If your piano is sitting against an outside wall, move it! The closer it is to the outdoors, the more easily affected it will be by changes in temperature that are out of your control. Even the subtle change between night and day is enough to leave it just a little too uncomfortable, at any time of year. So move it towards an interior wall, or at least a couple feet out from that exterior wall if you can.
- Keep It Constant: Maintaining as constant a temperature as you can in your home is always a good idea for your piano. Sure, it’s nice to turn off the AC and let in the natural air (or vice versa), but doing this will affect temperature and humidity levels and leave your piano sounding a little wonky after a while.
- Maintain: Overall, the best thing that you can do for your piano is to simply make sure that it’s being properly maintained by a professional. We’re not just pushing our business on you – but annual tunings work miracles! Depending on how often you play, we recommend having someone out to properly tune the piano at least once every year or two, along with a good checkup on the key components that keep it working. Neglect your piano, and it will neglect you – or at least leave you with more than a few problems to deal with in the future.
- Show It Some Love: Along with regular tunings, just try and make sure your piano is being loved on – if you play yourself, practice. If you’re hosting a party, invite someone to tickle those ivories. And if the kids are out of school, give them some homework! Keeping the piano keys moving will help prevent stickiness and dullness – and will help keep it happy inside and out. Plus, you’ll be much more apt to realize when something isn’t right so the piano isn’t stuck sitting around and enhancing the problem any longer than necessary.
Yes, it may seem like a lot – but really, it’s not! Just follow these easy tips and your piano will not only survive – but flourish – throughout your summer. And if you can’t remember your last service, schedule a tuning with us this summer to make sure your piano is feeling right and get it ready for the start of the school year. We’re offering a 10% discount to all customers who book before July 28th!