It is recommended that a trained piano mover always be used to move a piano, even if it is just from one room to another. Although most pianos have wheels, these wheels are primarily designed for adjusting placement. If the wheels of an upright or grand are stiff, not positioned correctly, or on an uneven surface, it is easy to break a piano leg. If you think the instrument will need to be moved often, there are special wheels and permanent dollies that can be installed.
When determining where to place your piano, remember that it is extremely sensitive to things like temperature and humidity. Place your piano out of direct sunlight, which can fade the wood finish. Try to place your piano away from heating and air conditioning vents, outside doors, or windows. Extreme or frequent changes in the temperature and humidity can cause damage to the cabinet and the working parts inside. Susceptible parts will expand and contract (get soggy or overly dried out) which wrecks a piano by loosening and cracking joints, causing parts to wear unevenly and malfunction, and weakening the pin block so that the piano does not stay in tune. A piano kept in relatively consistent conditions, optimally at a temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit and 42 percent relative humidity, will be easier and more affordably maintained, and likely “live” longer than a piano that is not.
If you have concerns about the stability of your piano’s environment, there are piano climate control systems, such as those made by Damppchaser, which Jackson Pianos can install in your piano. Learn More
Treat your piano with respect and do not sit on it or use it as a table, desk, or shelf. Do not place drinks, plants, or vases (containing liquid) on it. Liquids can cause extensive and expensive damage to a piano.
Dust and wipe down the exterior of your piano often but only use a soft, clean cloth. You can dampen the cloth very slightly with water if necessary, but DO NOT USE polish, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, or wax. When the cabinet of your piano needs a more thorough cleaning, you can use a little MILD soap that is appropriate for your piano finish. Clean the keys the same way, but be very careful not to get moisture on the side of the key where the wood is exposed because this can cause the wood to expand and the keys to stick.
It is not advisable to attempt to thoroughly clean the interior of your piano yourself as it is easy to cause damage, but the inside of your piano can be a very dirty place. Jackson Pianos can help you get the interior of your piano clean. Learn More
Most pianos should be tuned at least once a year, even if no one is playing them. The wooden soundboard and bridges across which the strings are stretched expand and contract with exposure to climatic changes, pulling the strings out of tune regardless of whether the instrument is being played or not. The longer a piano goes without being tuned, likely the further it will be off the ideal pitch. It is generally much more cost effective to get your piano serviced once a year than to deal with expensive repairs when you are ready to start using it again or want to sell it or pass it down in your family. Keeping your piano tuned on a regular cycle is highly advised.
When you have a tuning date set, you will need to have your piano cleared off and easily accessible to the tuner. They will need to be able to open the top lid to get to the pins and strings inside. A tuning generally takes about two hours and the tuner will need to have a quiet environment with few distractions so they can focus on their work and do a thorough job. Jackson Pianos is the place to turn to find experienced professional piano tuner/technicians who are trained to not only tune pianos, but to utilize tuning visits to inspect the other working parts in order to catch any problems early. Learn More
Even regularly tuned pianos periodically require other maintenance work in order to function at their best. Age, climatic changes, and the way the instrument is played are just a few factors which can affect how well the instrument performs and responds. Jackson Pianos offers piano action regulation, which is a process of utilizing exacting measurements and corresponding adjustments to realign the thousands of moving parts within the action in order to “keep the piano healthy” and provide a more efficient and responsive instrument. Jackson Pianos is also equipped to handle just about any other repair or alteration your piano might need, from filling a chipped key, to replacing the entire soundboard. Learn More
Other Things To Know
If something gets dropped into the piano call Jackson Pianos for advice.
Do not use oil on a squeaky pedal. Again, call Jackson Pianos for advice.
If any part breaks, such as a string, an action part, a keytop, or even wood veneer, DO NOT THROW IT AWAY, oftentimes they can be more easily repaired than replaced, or are necessary to use for duplication.