1) Avoid placing the piano in direct sunlight. Placing the piano in direct sunlight can lead to color fading or discoloration and refinishing work can be very costly. Choose an area where the temperature remains fairly constant.
2) Avoid placing the piano in a heavy traffic area. Pianos that are placed in a heavy traffic area tend to be more prone to damage.
3) Avoid placing things on your piano. Avoid placing drinks, trinkets, picture frames, lamps, or anything that could scratch or damage the finish of your piano. When searching for a lamp, choose a lamp that has a felt pad underneath the base or place a soft cloth underneath to avoid scratching the piano. If you own a grand piano, you may want to consider a standing floor lamp with a swing arm.
4) Clean the piano. Gently remove any dust or pet hair with a feather duster every couple weeks (or as often as needed). If you’re going to use polish, dust beforehand to avoid scratching or damaging the finish. For tips on polishing, click here.
Written by Kathy Sieracki