Maintaining Your Steinway Grand Piano

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

If you live in a climate where summer conversation goes something like this: "It sure is hot out," and someone replies, "yeah, but it's good heat, it's a dry heat," then the perfect climate for your piano might be calling for some relief from all that dry heat. But, being on the dry side of "perfectly dry, not drying" is a good thing, since some people find it easier to humidify a room on a continual basis than they do to dehumidify a room. Seek  more information and professional advice.

The notion of an oasis is part of the romance that is the dry Wild West. Western deserts like the Sonoran, the Mojave and the Great Basin all have stories to tell of perfectly inhabitable places, made with pools of cool shade and the stillness and clarity of a perfect day, a memorable musical afternoon at the piano, one without sweat, one that we dream of living one after the next.

In a dry environment, you might want to humidify your piano room. A humidifier will save from monitoring the presence of a fish tank, remembering to water some exotic, shade loving house plants next to an indoor fountain. The humidifier itself, would need to be distanced from the piano. It is important to keep all potentially damp objects away from the piano, as far away from the piano as possible while continuing to occupy the same room. Keep all water-prone objects away from the piano at all times.

Another important component to your piano living in a dry environment is that you want to control the change in temperature. It is important that the piano graduate from warm to cold, just as it is from dry to damp. Avoid all drastic changes.

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