It is a widely-known fact that traditional pianos require a lot of care. In fact, many would even say that these types of pianos are very high-maintenance, which is one of the reasons why some people look for other options, such as a digital piano. Does that mean, then, that digital pianos do not require any maintenance at all? Of course not. Digital pianos, too, need to be cared for, especially if you hope and expect to get a lot of years out of them. Here, let us give you a few tips on maintaining your digital piano.
1. Choose the location of your piano
Treat your digital piano like any other piece of precious furniture; in fact, treat it like you would a traditional, or even a grand, piano. A digital piano is also prone to damage due to certain elements, such as heat, water, or even humidity. Therefore, choose the location or part of the house or room for the piano.
- DO NOT place the digital piano in an area where it will be exposed to direct sunlight, water, or moisture.
- DO NOT put the digital piano directly in an area where you expect a lot of foot traffic. You don’t want people to keep bumping into it or hitting against it, even if it’s just the corners.
- DO NOT place the piano close to electronic appliances and devices that emit heat, such as a heater, computer, and stoves, to name a few.
- DO place the piano at least 4 meters away from the heat sources mentioned above.
2. Use Only Appropriate Cleaning Methods
Digital pianos need to be cleaned a certain way. Even the best digital pianos are not completely immune to damage; many have been ruined or became faulty for the simple reason that the owners did not clean them properly.
- DO NOT use water or wet cloth to clean or wipe the digital piano. Instead, use a clean, dry cloth.
- DO check the instructions manual or the manufacturer’s notes for specific and acceptable cleaning methods, just to be on the safe side.
- DO wash your hands and wipe them dry before playing the piano, especially if you’ve just finished having a snack or doing household chores. You don’t want grease or dirt from your hands to dirty the keys. The dirt will also affect the way your fingers will interact with the keys while playing.
3. Observe Proper Plugging
Many accidents have happened due to faulty electrical outlets or improper plugging, so it’s a given that you, too, should observe the proper way of using the plugs with respect to your digital piano.
- DO NOT overload an outlet by plugging your digital piano alongside your desktop computer, microwave oven, or other electrical appliances. Sharing an outlet can interfere with the quality of sound and the overall performance of the piano. Overloading can also lead to circuits shorting out, fire, and physical injuries, not to mention major damage to your digital piano.
- DO NOT let cords and cables lie around haphazardly. Make sure they are out of the way, so no one will accidentally trip over them.
- DO make sure that the outlet you are using is in good working order. Check the surge suppressor or the outlet strip and replace them if you find problems.
- DO unplug the digital piano when not in use, but make sure you turn it off first before pulling the plug.
4. Use the Digital Piano Properly
Remember: a digital piano is a digital piano. It is a musical instrument, not a piece of furniture to put things on or do other activities in besides playing.
- DO NOT use it as a shelf. Putting weight on it can affect the sound, not to mention damage the frame or mar the surface.
- DO NOT use it as a dining table. Eat your meals in the kitchen or the dining room, not on top of the digital piano.
- DO NOT drink on your digital piano. It’s not a bar where you should leave your glass of wine. You don’t want to accidentally drip water on the keys or other sensitive parts of the piano.
- DO NOT lean on your piano. Your weight will most likely cause damage to the piano, maybe even causing it to tilt or fall over.
5. Protect Your Digital Piano
When you’re not using the piano, are you supposed to just leave it there? Just as it is vulnerable to damage while being used, it can also sustain the same when not in use.
- DO NOT leave the keys uncovered. Dust can wreak havoc on pretty much all electronic equipments and, since it gets into everything, it can reach even the small and more sensitive components inside the digital piano. Dusty sensors, for example, will already have a huge effect on the overall performance of the piano.
- DO NOT allow your pets to get on the piano. Aside from claw marks and scratches marring the surface of the digital piano, their hair or fur can also get into the sensors or other components, thereby affecting the acoustic of the piano.
- DO turn off the digital piano properly after using it.
At the first sign of problems, DO approach only qualified service personnel about it. Don’t refer your digital piano to any random electrician. Check out the warranty card to see the terms applicable to you, and start from there.