Pianos need ventilation. Try to position the piano away from a wall by at least three inches so that air can circulate around the instrument as condensation can form and have a detrimental effect on the piano.
Avoid placing the piano in direct sunlight. The heat of the sun can cause the cabinet and any structural parts to warp. Sunlight can also bleach any exposed parts of the cabinet, causing the colour to look uneven.
Keep the piano away from sources of heat such as radiators and fires. This can cause the piano to dry out and wooden parts to split.
Try to avoid damp conditions as this will cause wooden parts to swell and seize.
Over the lifetime of your piano, a huge amount of dust will accumulate inside the instrument, which can act as an abrasive on moving parts. It can dull hammer action and cause noise. This must be cleaned by a professional piano technician, but can be avoided slightly by regularly dusting the cabinet with a soft dry cloth or feather duster.
The keyboard should also be wiped periodically with a soft dry cloth. If the keys are dirty, wipe them with a solution of vinegar or lemon juice and water on a cloth and wrung out well. A good habit to adopt is never play a piano with dirty hands!
Do not place objects on top of the piano. Ornaments can cause noisy vibrations and tonal imperfections. A vase of flowers may look attractive on top of the piano but if it spills and water enters the piano some serious damage can occur. We’d advise avoiding costly accidents by never placing anything except sheet music or a metronome on top of the piano.
The best advice we can give you is to get your piano tuned at least once a year. This gives us the opportunity to check the instrument for woodworm, moths and extremes in humidity. Do please call us on 01305 783443 for expert advice on looking after your instrument.
Although we are now operating a normal service, due to the Covid-19 situation, for everyone’s safety, we must ask you to make a note of our new terms and conditions for our tuning and repair services.
On your part: We will ask that before we arrive, the room that the piano is in is well aired and that you leave a window open for ventilation.
Everything is removed from the top of the piano.
On our arrival, social distancing will be observed to at least 2 metres.
You do not stay in the same room as the piano tuner.
Payment to be put in an envelope if paying by cheque (please make cheque payable to Weymouth Pianos Ltd) or cash and left ready, or pay by bank transfer if possible.
You must let us know as soon as possible if you or a member of your household is feeling unwell so that the appointment can be rescheduled.
On our part: We will sanitize our hands upon arrival.
We will keep to social distancing rules.
Discussions with you regarding your piano will be taken at least 2 metres apart.
We will wipe the piano keys over with a suitable cleaner before we start tuning and again after tuning.
We will gladly comply if you have any additional requirements.
We must regrettably decline all offers of refreshments.
We will cancel our appointment if we or a member of our household is feeling unwell.
If you are having doubts about having us in your home, think what would you do if, for example, your gas boiler broke down and you had no heating or hot water. How would you go about getting the boiler fixed? What measures would you put in place to keep yourself safe?
To arrange an appointment: Please fill in the contact form below or phone on 01305 783443. We will then be able to arrange a suitable time for a visit.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic we are unable to tune or service your pianos at this time. When the situation improves we are going to have a massive backlog of clients wanting their pianos tuned. We are compiling a list of priority clients who wish to have their pianos attended to at the earliest opportunity. If you would like to be put on this list then please send us an email with your requirements.