Current Page: Piano Lessons: Piano Care
Advanced Piano Lessons Concepts - Instrument care:
"How to destroy your piano in 30 seconds with common household cleaners..."
Furniture wax, bug bombs, windex... they can all be DEATH to your piano!
Here's the problem: Your piano strings are attached by means of tuning pins which are held tightly into a laminated wood pinblock. If you allow even the FUMES of these products to float by the pinblock, they can penetrate and make the tuning pins slip! How to fix? Throw your piano off a cliff. Well, maybe a local technician can replace the pinblock but you're looking at big $$.
If you have to wax your piano, simply spray a little bit of the product onto a rag while standing away from the piano. Then wipe the piano with the rag. DON'T SPRAY THE PIANO!
Here's what happened to one sad lady:
A few years ago, I got called to tune a piano. The owner said it was making "strange noises". When I played it, the piano sounded like it was at the bottom of a swimming pool. Hmmm....
When I put the hammer to the tuning pins, they slipped around quickly instead of holding tight.
I asked her, "Have you used any cleaning products around this piano lately?"
"A few weeks ago", she said, "I noticed mice droppings in the bottom of the piano". (By the way, mice LOVE pianos - the felt is yummy mouse food)
"I bought one of those bug bomb aerosol cans", she continued, "popped the top of the piano, placed it inside and turned it on. Then I closed the piano, hoping to kill the mice."
I was the bearer of bad news that day. Dead piano. Total saturation of oil into all the internal wood surfaces.
I know you would never do this.