• How to Properly Store Your Piano

  • Moving and storing a piano can seem like a daunting task when you’re transitioning between homes. Not only is a piano heavy and large, but it’s also a delicate instrument. There are certain precautions you need to take while your piano is being moved and stored in order to prevent expensive or irreparable damage. Whether your piano was an investment for your children’s weekly lesson or is a family heirloom with sentimental value, using a climate controlled self storage unit rather than storing it at a friends house is the best option for protecting your piano while you’re moving. 

    How Can Storage Harm Your Piano?

    Humidity and temperature are key factors in the life of a piano and it must be maintained at proper levels to ensure proper aging of the wood, felt, and strings of the piano. If you’ve purchased a piano before, you may already know that you need to keep it in an ideal temperature and relative humidity level of 42% to maintain its value and condition. You should also keep it away from direct sunlight, vents, fireplaces, windows or outside walls where it will endure extreme swings in temperature or humidity.

    Here's what humidity and heat or cold extremes do to your piano?

    Swelling and shrinking of your piano’s soundboard is the most noticeable and immediate effect of humidity change, according to Piano Technicians Guild. But here's a list of some other things that can damage your piano.

    • Your piano may go out of tune sooner.
    • The wool cloth in the piano action may deteriorate.
    • Hard woods of your piano may warp.
    • Your piano’s finish might diminish.

    Make sure you also store your piano in a dust free environment, since dust in between the keys can interfere with the action.

    How do you Store a Piano temporarily without harming it

    Ideally, find a piano storage facility that offers humidity and temperature control year round, and that keeps dust to a minimum. Also, ensure the storage unit will never have an issue with water leakage.

    If you have to choose between a warmer or cooler place, choose cooler. But don't suddenly move your piano if it has been kept in a damp or unheated area for years to a dry, heated area. This can cause your piano to deteriorate quickly.

    Whether storing a piano at a facility or in another home do the following:

    1. Clean and polish your piano thoroughly.
    2. Cover the keys with a cloth and close the lid to keep dust out.
    3. Put blankets around your piano to protect it during the move.
    4. Place a protective cover over your entire piano and blanket ensemble.
    5. Hire piano moving professionals with proper background checks and insurance.

    The other thing to consider is that serious destruction can be done while moving your piano. The best idea is to leave the actual moving to professional piano movers. Pianos can range from 300 to well over 1,000 pounds and without the proper equipment it can be nearly impossible to move. Your piano should be kept level and moved with proper equipment. If it's moved improperly, the process can cause damage to both you and the piano.  That’s why it’s best to hire piano moving specialists, like Calgary Piano Movers, who will move your instrument with as much care and respect as possible. We have over 24 years in the business and you can read the reviews from our numerous customers on their satisfaction with our company.

    Also, if you hire Calgary Piano Movers to both move and store your piano we will keep your piano in the right conditions to ensure it's undamaged when you move it back to your home.  Hiring our team will allow you to leave behind the worry and stress of making sure your piano is safe during your move.  Call us today at (403) 805-3427 or fill in our online form to get a free quote on our piano moving and piano storage services.