Acquiring a piano is an investment in your lifestyle. Once the piano is placed in your home it becomes a focal point of the room, elegantly displaying your interest in music and the performing arts.
Aside from being an engineering marvel, the piano is a beautiful object of art and needs to be cared for appropriately. As a ‘premium’ item of home furnishing, the piano is at once easy to handle (if you know what to do) and easy to damage (if you don’t follow the care instructions).
A piano cover is always a good idea to have handy. If you are going away, or not playing or displaying the piano as an element of the interior – it is best to keep it under covers. Piano covers correspond to your piano’s size, are cut to ‘hug’ the piano shape snugly, and are the best preventive measure against surface damage and dust accumulation.
If your piano is on permanent open display at your home, here is what you should know.
To start off – the finish of the piano – whether it is ebony lacquer, wood veneer, or open pore satin – has to be gently wiped with a microfiber cloth. Never spray any cleaning solutions directly on the piano’s surface. Think of it as very high-end furniture – no solvent should be coming into direct contact with the piano. For a regular ‘dust off’ simply wiping it with a microfiber cloth will suffice. If you need a ‘deeper’ clean – the polish solution should be lightly sprayed onto the cloth and then gently wiped without applying too much pressure.
It is recommended to use microfiber cloth
It is also a good idea to place caster cups under the wheels of your piano. That prevents damage to the flooring, as the piano is probably the heaviest furniture item in your house. This does inhibit its ability to be wheeled around, as you would have to first remove the casters. But, frankly – the piano should remain in one spot and not moved around much, as it knocks it out of tune.
Lucite Caster Cups
Having proper illumination is important for a successful playing experience. Both sheet music and keyboard need to be well-lit in order for the pianist to enjoy it. It is useful to have an adjustable light source so you can illuminate the exact area you need.
There are myriad options out there, but we like these the best – from the design, utilization, and style perspective.
The piano bench is of paramount importance. Sitting at the right height is crucial for a successful playing experience. Adjustable height benches, or professional piano benches as they are called, are the best available options. Each person needs a different height and with instant adjustment possibilities, this can be performed within seconds. Gone are the piles of telephone books people use to have to sit on to raise the height for a child, for example. Now you can either have a wheel-turning mechanical bench like these, or a hydraulic lever-operated one like these.
Custom Lucite Piano Bench
Professional piano benches come in a few classic colors, and of course, one can be custom ordered to be made to your specifications. That will, no doubt, be reflected in the price.
One last aspect not to overlook is the aesthetic beauty of the proper piano bench placed beside your piano. It completes the visual ensemble and compliments the timeless beauty of the piano.