There are several protective practices you can embrace to preserve the value of your piano. One of them is keeping it active but when that’s not possible, you can keep it in a climate-controlled facility.
One crucial maintenance practice is cleaning and polishing (with oil). This will help to eliminate moisture issues which can lead to further damage to the wooden parts and mold formation. The other thing you can do to protect the keys is to place a sheet or cloth over them and then close the lid. The cloth keeps off dust and other particles which might contaminate the keys and reduce their functions.
Also, add a protective cover over the instrument such as a sheet or a
soft blanket. Blankets are especially important during transportation. This is something that grand piano movers don’t compromise on during long-distance transportation. Blankets help to mitigate possible damage and they also block dust, thereby protecting the elegant finish of your piano.
Caster cups to protect your floor
The reason caster cups were designed is to keep your floors free of damage which may be caused by the heavy weight of your piano. The vibrations that occur during playing plus the heavy load (100lbs or more) are enough to cause indents on the floor, whether it is carpeted or wooden. Note that the full weight of your piano is spread across three major points. Caster cups have a wider diameter thereby distributing the weight further and reducing the pressure exerted on the floor. Caster cups also help to prevent rolling of the piano this keeping it safe. Often, when a piano is placed on carpeted floors, it tends to go a few inches down and caster cups can eliminate this sinking issue. In addition, they protect the metallic piano wheels from rust which might discolor the floor. In essence, caster cups preserve the aesthetic value of your piano and also give it a classy appearance.
Piano playing is more encouraged than piano storage but when there is no other choice, there are some steps which should be taken during storage to protect the precious instrument. If you buy a brand new piano, the manufacturer will give you instructions concerning the ideal storage temperatures and humidity level. A piano must not be placed anywhere near fireplaces, vents, or direct sunlight. A piano needs to stay at a constant temperature. Changes in humidity cause shrinkage and swelling of the piano board. And the dangers of such conditions include the piano going out of tune, warping of the wooden parts, damaged finish, and deterioration of the wool cloth.
You can find a piano storage facility which provides humidity and temperature control throughout the year. The facility should also keep off dust and other airborne particulates. The piano needs to be placed on a floor without water leakages and should be leveled.
If you are moving your piano, get a piano moving estimate only from a qualified professional. Don’t forget to keep your piano in play. If you can’t play it regularly, find someone else to do so. And in case you put it into storage, take the right precautions so that you can have a lifetime of joy with your musical instrument.