Time sure does fly when we’re having fun! Once again, the holidays are upon us. It won’t be long and family and friends will be gathering for all the holiday fun. Many families celebrate around a piano. The piano gets dusted, the keys are cleaned in preparation for all the favorite tunes that will be played…but we forgot the note that stuck last year in the middle of that tune uncle Fred tried to play, or how that song little Suzie tried to play sounded more like a cat fight outside the window because the piano had not been tuned for ten years. The point is; pianos are used for our enjoyment at this time of year. This is a great time to have your piano tuned and checked so all will go well as the family enjoys all the traditions of the holidays.
This is also the perfect time to get the humidifier ready and operating. A digital hygrometer at hand to help monitor the humidity level of your home will pay huge dividends by reducing repair and adjustment costs caused by the reaction of your piano’s wooden parts to sudden dry conditions that are just around the corner. The target humidity level to maintain is 42%. You may have to make minor adjustments to that reading depending on your home and the individual nature of the way each home is built, insulated, and the type of windows you have in your home.
Craig Cole services pianos throughout the Oakland County, Michigan area. Give him a call today to schedule your piano service appointment. Main office phone number is 248-647-6810.
Every piano technician is asked, “How should I clean and polish my piano?” In order to answer this question the technician must have at least a basic understanding of the types of finish products that have been used in the past as well as an understanding of the types of finishes that are put on a piano cabinet today.
To help piano owners understand how to maintain the beauty of the finish of their piano, it is necessary to understand the two different types of finishes used in the piano manufacturing industry. The first type of finish is an old style used on many pianos from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. I will refer to this type of finish as a finish that allows penetration of oils to condition the wood and the finish itself. This type of finish includes shellac, and old style varnish. The second type of finish we will discuss is a finish that does not allow oils to penetrate the finish. This type of finish includes lacquer, and polyester.
Once the type of finish has been determined by your piano technician, recommendations can be made to the piano owner on the best products and ways to clean and oil or polish the piano. If your piano is an old style varnish or shellac finish you will want to use products like lemon oil to both clean the finish and help condition the wood to avoid cracks and that dull worn look that is common when the wood and finish dry out. If the finish of your piano is lacquer or polyester, there are many fine products you can use to clean and polish the piano. I service pianos in the Oakland County, Michigan area, and I can provide my clients with products that are specific to the finish they have on their piano. I can provide products from; CORY and STEINWAY.
One final suggestion; do not use oil on lacquer or polyester finishes. If you do the oil will sit on the finish surface giving an oily dull appearance. To keep your piano looking beautiful for years to come, use only products developed specifically for the finish of your piano.
For product information in the Oakland County area; call Ace Piano Tuning today.