Piano Care


Your piano is an investment, therefore it should be maintained with the utmost care. Because your piano contains materials subject to change with climate conditions, regular servicing is required. Manufacturers have individual recommendations as to how often you should service your piano. Generally though, pianos should be tuned every 6 – 12 months, depending on the use.


As with any piece of fine furniture, it is wise to keep drinks off the finished surfaces. New piano finishes generally require only occasional cleaning with either a dry or damp cotton or microfiber cloth. Older piano finishes may benefit from an occasional polish but frequent polishing is not recommended. We sell cleaners and polishes specifically formulated for both shiny and wood finishes.

Basic Rules of Piano Care

Keep your piano in tune

Your piano was specifically designed to be tuned to the international standard pitch of A-440 cycles per second. Your piano will sound its best and give you and your family the most pleasure when it is tuned regularly and kept in proper playing condition.

Keep the piano clean

Keep the keyboard covered when not in use to prevent dust and pet hair from accumulating (although ivory keys need some exposure to sunlight to prevent yellowing). Clean keys by occasionally wiping them with a clean, damp cloth and drying them immediately. If accumulated debris cannot be removed with a damp cloth, try wiping the cloth on a bar of
mild soap or moisten with a solution of 4-parts-water to one-part-vinegar. Do not use chemicals or solvents to clean piano keys. Call a qualified piano technician to remove anything from the keys you cannot wipe away.

Maintain the piano’s finish

To maintain the piano’s finish you may wipe the case with a clean, damp, cotton or microfiber cloth to remove fingerprints, or polish with a reliable emulsion-type, water-based solution, following the manufacturer’s directions. Avoid aerosol spray polishes, especially those that contain silicone.

Maintain a consistent temperature and humidity

Try to maintain a fairly consistent temperature and humidity level in the room where your piano is placed. It is important to keep your piano away from a heating register in winter, and air conditioning vent in summer, a fireplace, a frequently opened window or outside door, and direct sunlight. You may want to consider installing a Piano Life Saver Humidity Control System in your piano.