Maintaining Your Steinway Grand Piano

Wet & Muggy, Dry & Windy, From One Extreme to the Next

If you live in a climate where moisture is a part of indoor living, you will need to take extra precaution in keeping your piano properly dry. Homes that are damp inside will probably need to implement a dehydration or dehumidification system for the piano and the piano room. Seek  more information and professional advice.

Damp houses are susceptible to mold and decay eating insects like earwigs and sow bugs. In wet areas like coastline towns, forest towns, lake towns, etc., the walls can get actually wet, especially during the rainy season, which can last for months on end. You will need to protect your piano from this type of damp or wet indoor environment. Make sure your piano is adequately distanced from damp or wet walls.

The piano room climate should not be conducive to moisturized life. If you live in a damp house, refrain from activities that promote the production or distribution of moisture, such as having water loving plants in the room, or fish tanks, or indoor fountains, etc. If the room is damp, and you simply must have plants live in the music room, try choosing drought tolerant plants that thrive on little water and keep them as far away from the piano as you can. But if your piano room or practice room is already prone to dampness, if you can stand it, choose not to have any living plants reside in the music room. The piano and any other instruments residing in the room will thank you.

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