Protecting digital pianos from dust and scratches and more
Proper care is a must when you have a digital piano. Dust, scratches, stains, and drink spills are all pain in the butt. Dust is something that you don’t have much control over. Stains and spills, on the other hand, are usually accidental. These can cause problems (both minor and major) to digital pianos or any other musical instrument for that matter.
Many people think that dusting over an instrument with a cloth is enough. What they don’t realize is the dust build-up underneath the keys. Over time, dust goes through the tiny gaps between the keys and builds up under them.
While dust isn’t such a big problem, the build-up can affect the way the notes sound. Cleaning the dust built up would require you to open up the instrument, remove the keys, and so on – all of which would take too much of your time.
Something important you should remember is not to use a vacuum cleaner to pull out the dust. Some tiny parts and screws and nuts may get loosened.
So how can you avoid this problem? The solution is simple. All you need is a good quality dust cover. Simply cover the digital piano to prevent dust from getting under the keys. It will also stop the instrument from getting any scratches. If you don’t play the instrument for a long time, it’s a good idea to remove the cover for a while to let some air in. This will prevent the build-up of mold inside.
As it goes for any liquid, keep it away from the instrument. Don’t sip on coffee or have a glass of water when you’re playing your digital piano. Drink spills can be a nightmare. Not only will it cause major problems (sluggish keys, destroyed electronics), the cost of repairs will put a dent in your wallet.
Unless you have a waterproof cover, put away your digital piano if you’re having a party. Some people can be careless and may put their drinks on your instrument. The drinks may spill or leave a cup ring stain.
Simple steps to protect your piano
Piano owners love their pianos. Often, it’s as if the piano is a family member: Is my piano healthy? How can I keep it the way it is? How can I extend the life of my piano?
Much depends on the integrity of the design, the quality of the materials used to build the piano, and the level of craftsmanship, but there are certainly some simple, common-sense steps that a piano owner can take to help maintain the health and stability of your piano.
- Avoid placing pianos on external walls.
- Avoid placing pianos near windows.
- Avoid putting the piano by the door outside the door.
- Avoid placing the piano next to a door that is always open.
- Avoid placing pianos near heating and air conditioning vents.
- Avoid placing pianos near fireplaces or space heaters.
- Avoid placing the piano in direct sunlight.
- Avoid making drastic changes in the temperature of your piano.
- Avoid sharp contrasts in humidity.
- Avoid excessive smoking of the piano (e. g. Near the piano).
- Avoid placing water vases on top of pianos.
- When not in use, cover, and plate (or nameplate).
- When not in use, consider using a piano cover.
These steps, as well as regular repairs and maintenance by professional technicians, will help to protect the piano and offset the need for more serious repairs and higher costs resulting from aging and neglect.
4 tips for keeping the piano healthy
There are things you can do to extend the life of your piano without consulting a technician. Use these techniques to keep your piano in good working order.
1. Open the keyboard lid at regular intervals
It is a good practice to keep the piano closed when not in use. Dust and air particles can create stickiness between piano keys, causing keystroke problems. However, if the lid is closed for too long, mold may grow inside the piano. This is especially true if your piano is kept in a dark or damp room.
Keep the keyboard lid open several times a week during the day. Indirect sunlight and proper air circulation will prevent mold from growing inside the piano.
If you have an electronic keyboard, please prepare a suitable cover. Mold is usually not a problem here.
Use a light touch of a vacuum cleaner to help remove the build-up of dust.
2. No drinks on the piano!
Serious (and costly) damage can result if the liquid between the piano keys seeps into the interior. And causing damage to the exterior timber.
If the liquid enters the piano keyboard, wipe the excess liquid from the surface of the keyboard. To avoid further dripping, try not to press any of the keys.
If the liquid is between the keys, please contact a registered piano technician as soon as possible. Don’t try to remove the keys, fix the mess yourself.
Liquid on electronic keyboard: Unplug the clerk immediately. Don’t try to shake your keyboard dry; this will allow the liquid to penetrate deeper into the instrument.
3. Ideal humidity levels for pianos
The piano is very sensitive to fluctuations in humidity. High humidity causes wood to warp; low humidity causes cracking.
The wood of your piano is intricately positioned and crafted, and the sound quality depends on it. Changes in the wood can also affect tuning; if the wood is loose or twisted, it can cause the strings to pull out of tune.
Monitor the humidity level in the room and adjust it with a humidifier or dehumidifier. 40% humidity is ideal.
Keep the piano away from heater vents and windows, and close the piano room door if it is near the kitchen or bathroom.
Close any windows in the piano room to prevent condensation. This is especially important for your electric piano.
4. Adjust the weather around the piano
Temperature can be another enemy of the piano. Cold can weaken delicate wooden parts, and using a piano, in this case, can damage them. The heat may have a negative effect on the strings and may loosen the felt on the hammer. Room temperature (21-22 ° C) is ideal.
Keep your piano away from the outside wall. If no other space is available, position the piano at least 60 cm from it.
Use an air conditioner or heater to regulate the temperature of the room, but keep the piano at a distance from both.
Close all doors and windows of the piano room to prevent direct sunlight. This can damage the interior and cause the piano to fade and break.