Even if you have a compact model, it will also jazz up your home, though subtly. But sometimes, even the most modest of things can have a considerable impact. And the piano is undoubtedly one such article that appears grand and extravagant regardless of its size. But the oh-so-pretty piano deserves some love in exchange for all the glory it provides. And one can do that by looking after their pride and joy as though it's their most prized possession (which mightn't be so far from the truth).
Looking at the grandeur of it, many people assume that piano maintenance might entail some super detailed steps, but the reality is quite different. As long as you clean your piano regularly and keep it fine-tuned, you will not have to take any fastidious measures.
Keep your piano healthy and happy by following these care tips.
Cleaning A Piano
A piano has two main distinguishable parts; the finish (the sleek polished surface) and the keyboard. Both these features require separately targeted cleaning. You can't use the same supplies or procedures to wipe the finish and keyboard
Tackling The Finish
The first thing you need to do when cleaning your piano's finish is dusting off any visible dirt. Use a soft cloth or feather duster to brush off specks.
Next, polish or wax the now-clean surface to renew its sparkle. But be sure to use the right product, don't use any unknown chemicals to slick up the finish because that could damage the look. The best way to pick out a polishing solution is to ask your piano seller for a brand/product; if not that, visit a piano expert store and ask the representatives for advice on waxing supplies for the finish.
Since the piano's keys are used frequently, they require rigorous wiping, though with a gentle hand. Soak a soft cloth in mildly warm water and wring it out till it's only a little damp. Wipe the keys and repeat the process if need be.
If you can see noticeable dust on your keyboard, prepare a cleaning solution using a neutral detergent and water. Soak a piece of cloth and squeeze out the access liquid. Rub the rag over the keys gently but apply slight pressure.
Never use any harsh chemicals or alcohol to clean your piano's keys because that can cause them to crack.
An Additional Tip
Aside from all the abovementioned tips, one general rule of thumb you should remember is never to play the piano with dirty hands. And by dirty we mean, hands that are visibly clean because they were wiped against the sleeve. Wash your hands, dry them, and then let the Bach in you out.