Apart from considerations such as the size of the piano, where it will look attractive in the room, and convenience for playing, there are a number of other factors to consider. An even temperature will help to maintain the tuning stability, so always try to keep it away from any heat sources such as central heating, radiators and fires. Changes in humidity can also be detrimental to the well being of a piano, particularly the drying effect of central heating. If the piano is an upright, it needs to be placed against a wall as they are inherently unstable. It is also preferable to avoid direct sunlight from falling onto the casework, both from the point of view of the heating effect on the instrument as a whole, and the fading effect sunlight can have on the polish.
How Can I Look After My Piano?
First of all avoid expensive trouble! Never place any drinks, vases of flowers or similar vessels containing liquids on top of the piano. If they are spilt, not only could the casework be damaged, resulting in an expensive repair, but if the liquid gets inside the piano it could cause irreparable damage.
To keep the casework looking good, lightly remove any dust from the casework with a microfibre cloth or feather duster (or synthetic equivalent), moving the duster in the direction of the grain, in order to prevent the top coat of polish looking like the surface of an ice rink! For stubborn marks on instruments with a polyester, french polished or varnished case, use a barely dampened cloth to gently remove the offending mark, then immediately dry the area with a soft cloth.
If you need any further help or clarification on any of the above points, please do not hesitate to contact me.