How do I prepare my piano for storage?
Pianos are delicate and require careful preparation. We offer tips to reduce damage to your piano's keyboard during storage.
Choose a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit
A piano can be severely damaged by humidity. Pianos can be sensitive to temperature changes and humidity, so you must store them in a climate-controlled area. The manufacturers recommend that you store your piano in a controlled environment where humidity levels do not exceed 42 per cent.
Use the correct packing and storage materials.
Pianos are expensive instruments. Therefore, it is essential to use high-quality packaging and storage materials. Avoid wrapping your piano with plastic, as this can cause moisture buildup and damage. Proper packing and storage materials include:
- Protective plastic wrap and heavy-duty moving blankets are available to reduce the chance of scratches and dents during transit.
- Use heavy-duty packing tapes or ropes to ensure that your moving blankets are secure around your piano.
Follow the manufacturer's cleaning instructions.
You can increase your chances of your piano being in top condition when you take it out of storage by cleaning it before it goes. Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding proper cleaning and polishing. Before wrapping or storing your piano, be sure it is dust-free. Here are some cleaning tips:
- Use a feather duster to remove dust from the keys. Be careful not to scratch the piano's surface.
- To gently remove dirt and dust from keys, use a lightly damped white cloth that is lint-free. To remove excess moisture, immediately follow up with a dry cloth. Use an "up-and-down" motion. Dirt and dust can get in between the keys if you clean them from "side-to-side".
- Use a soft, lint-free cloth to apply a small amount of polish to the piano's exterior. Polish should only be used for pianos. Avoid furniture-specific polishes as they can cause damage. Remember to use polish only if necessary (polish can cause damage to the internal mechanisms of a piano).
Protect the Keys During the Move and Storage
Protect your piano keys with a dust protector or a white, lint-free, soft cloth that is appropriately sized.
Protect your piano with heavy-duty blankets and other materials
Wrapping your piano with heavy-duty moving blankets will reduce the chance of scratches and marks. It would help if you covered every inch of your piano. After wrapping the piano, secure it with packing tape, straps or ropes. Then wrap the piano with plastic wrap. This will reduce the chance of moisture entering the structure in storage.
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After putting the piano in storage, check it periodically.
Pianos are incredibly fragile, as we said at the beginning. To ensure your piano is in top condition, it's essential to check its condition now and again. You can also quickly treat any damage and prevent further discolouration by regularly checking your piano.
Before storing your piano, do not tune it.
Tune your piano after it has been taken from its storage unit. Give it at least two weeks to adjust after being removed from storage. Before they can be tuned, pianos must adjust to the new environment.
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