How to summer-proof your piano.
The summer months bring beautiful sunshine and lovely warm weather, though they can also play a little havoc with our beloved pianos. If you’ve been keeping an eye on your hygrometer in the recent weeks you’ve no doubt noticed quite a lot of fluctuations – we’ve gone from extreme dryness to extreme humidity and back again! If you’ve been around it for long enough, you will have heard your piano exhibit all kinds of groans and moans as it adjusts and resettles itself through the changing weather.
So how do we protect our instruments from the impact of the harsh Australian climate? Much like people, pianos don’t like rapid and sudden changes in temperature or humidity and even pianos who’s manufacturers claim to be “Built for Australian Conditions” are impacted by the fluctuating weather conditions, however there are steps you can take to make sure your piano stays healthy and happy.
1.Try to make sure that your piano isn’t experiencing direct sunlight throughout the day. It’s totally fine to have the piano in a room filled with natural light, just try to position it in a place that doesn’t have the sun directly on it. This will dramatically reduce changes in temperature throughout the day
2. Make sure your piano is in a well ventilated area. Moisture always collects in rooms and spaces where the air isn’t able to move freely, and this can lead to slight swelling of the action parts, which will slow down your piano’s action and can even make some of the keys begin to stick.
3. In areas of high humidity (most coastal areas), you might want to think about installing a dehumidifier into the piano. This is a custom fitted appliance that will activate when the relative humidity reachers a certain point – making sure that the humidity levels never get too high for the piano.
4. In areas of low humidity, you can install a humidifier – which does just the opposite of the dehumidifier.
5. On extremely dry days (such as the days we’ve had with the recent bush fires), you can fill up a small container or two of water and place it under the piano. NEVER PLACE IT ON THE INSTRUMENT. This will help keep a little moisture around the piano until the humidity picks back up.
6. The last and perhaps most important step, is to have your piano serviced by a qualified technician. A piano technician will be able to make sure that your piano is in tip top health, and reinforce it’s tuning stability.
If you have any questions on how to look after your piano, or would like to book a service, don’t hesitate to give us a call on (02) 9958 9888 (NSW) or (07) 3666 0650 (QLD).