Pianos are beautiful instruments that add joy to the lives of many people. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they can also fill any space with glorious music. And while most owners keep them in excellent condition when in the home, they can struggle to keep them in good shape while they are in storage. Fortunately, all it takes is a little knowledge and preparation to keep any stored piano playing and looking great over the long-term.
Prior to moving your piano, storing it in a moderate environment is essential for preserving its condition. If kept in a place that is too warm, the case may dry and splinter. Likewise, leaving it in a moist environment that is too cold may cause the frame to warp and split over time. All things being equal, a stored piano will fare better the colder the climate. And this is especially true for long-term storage, where it can be difficult to check and maintain the condition of your piano for days or even years at a time.
Pianos will often sustain damage when quickly moved between areas with vastly different climates. The rapid swing in humidity and temperature can shock the piano materials, causing splintering, shrinking, and other problems. Instead, let your piano adjust by first moving it to a location midway between the two extremes. Always leave it to adjust for at least a week, before moving it to its final destination.
Pianos are large and cumbersome, which makes them especially difficult to move safely. If you attempt to move your prized instrument without professional tools and knowledge, you could easily damage your property as well as yourself. Instead, hire professional movers who specialize in relocating pianos. Although hiring movers involves a higher initial investment, the added safety and expertise is well worth the price for many piano owners.
When stored for long periods of time, even the nicest pianos will gather a large amount of dust and debris. Polishing the surface will help it keep its finish as well as protecting the surface from particulates. For best results, use a polish specifically designed for pianos. Polishing keys can ruin their appearance and performance. Instead, wipe them down with a warm, damp cloth. If dust is a concern, cover your piano with a breathable fabric such as vinyl or nylon.
Although grand and impressive, pianos are in fact delicately balanced instruments that need proper care and maintenance. And storing them incorrectly will often lead to unnecessary damage. But by taking the time to store your piano the right way, you can ensure that your piano remains in perfect condition for its entire stay.