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Piano Movers Give Tips for Protecting Your Instrument

Following a few friendly tips from our professional piano movers can help you avoid the costly expense of having to call a technician for repairs.

Following a few friendly tips from our professional piano movers can help you avoid the costly expense of having to call a technician for repairs.

You went to the effort and expense of hiring professional piano movers to transport your cherished instrument. They’ve set it up nicely so that it’s on display for all to see, lending your home a sense of intellect and character. Now that it’s there, it’s up to you to look after it.

Pianos are remarkably complex instruments. They are made up of hundreds of individual pieces that need to be properly maintained in order to achieve peak performance. In general most pianos—whether it’s a glossy concert grand or a run-of-the-mill upright—have several key pieces in common:

  • Keyboard
  • Housing and lid
  • Pedals
  • Keys
  • Hammers
  • Strings 

While many maintenance items will need to be performed by a trained technician, there are some things you can do to prolong the life of your piano and enjoy it to its full potential.


Seek Professional Moving Services

If you’ve enlisted the help of professional Kelowna movers, you’re already off to a good start. Not only will specialized piano movers guarantee the protection of your cherished instrument during transportation, they will protect you from bodily harm.

Pianos are large and unwieldy. Without the right combination of skill, strength and equipment, you would risk damaging:

  • Yourself
  • The piano
  • Your property (or someone else’s)

Additionally, most reputable Kelowna movers are insured. In the event that something goes wrong, you’ll be covered.

To learn more about this, read: Professional Piano Movers Need More than Strength to Do the Job Right.


Proper Humidity Control

As with many wood products, pianos are sensitive to changes in humidity. If the fluctuation is great enough, it can throw the instrument completely out of tune.

Ideally, the relative humidity in your home should sit between 30 and 50 per cent. If you live in an area that experiences significant fluctuations, you might need to invest in a humidifier/dehumidifier. To help keep humidity levels as consistent as possible, try to position your piano away from:

  • Air vents
  • Heaters
  • Open windows and doors
  • Direct sunlight


Avoid Contact with Liquids

Many pianos have been ruined through the careless act of a spilled drink. While it might be tempting to tickle the ivories at a dinner party, it’s not the wisest move to do so with a drink at your side. A spill can result in costly damage that can only be repaired by a trained technician.


Treat It with Respect

One way to look at a piano is like an antique piece of wooden furniture. And they should be treated as such. Similar to a vintage armoire or desk, your piano will benefit from periodic cleaning and polishing.


Transporting a piano should only be entrusted to specialized piano movers. The team at Bekins Moving & Storage has the training, equipment and experience to move anything from an upright to a concert grand. Call us to learn about our moving services and to arrange a free quote.

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