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How to Handle Problems with Piano Keys

An issue with your piano keys can have a significant impact on your ability to play your piano. After all, how can you play particularly fast pieces when the keys get stuck during your playing and you have to stop to unstick them? In order to resolve problems with your piano keys, you will want to ensure that you identify the problem so that you can take the best steps to repair them. This may require you to consult with one of our experienced piano technicians to ensure that the problem can be resolved completely. Sometimes the problem can be resolved by cleaning the keys, while other times repairs will be more extensive. Here are a few tips to help you handle problems with your piano keys and get back to playing your piano as intended.

Key Slip Problems

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The key slip of your piano is essentially a long strip of wood that helps to keep the keys in place. Due to this, the key slip can swell with moisture fluctuations in the air within the building. This swelling can cause the edge of a key to get stuck on the key slip. In some cases, you will be able to simply dislodge the key and restore it to its prior functionality. However, other situations may require you to engage in more extensive repairs, such as physically moving the key slip.

Physical Blockages

Physical blockages are the most common culprit behind your keys becoming stuck. This may be caused by a buildup of dust or foreign particles. It may also be caused by oil from the hands, sticky beverages, or food crumbs. Due to this, it is important to not eat or drink while playing the piano. You shouldn’t even place your food or beverages on the surface of the piano. You should also take some time to clean the keys on a regular basis, to prevent build up before it impacts functionality. If you are finding that the keys on your piano are sticking, carefully cleaning the keys can often help to reduce the problem. Cleanliness can greatly eliminate issues with your piano keys.

Swollen Piano Keys

Many of the keys on pianos are made out of wood. This wood is then covered with a thin layer of ivory or other material. Due to the presence of wood in keys, it is possible that the keys will swell with fluctuations to the moisture in the air. When the keys swell, there will not be the appropriate room to enable them to work smoothly. Swollen keys are a common culprit of key problems that disrupt the functionality of your piano.

Damaged Keys

When your keys have become damaged, they will not function as they are supposed to. Sometimes this damage will be able to be repaired. Other times, the keys may need to be replaced in order to ensure that the piano can continue to function as necessary. Repairing your piano’s keys can ensure that you can have the best possible experience with your piano.

Dirty Rail Pains

Dirty rail pins can further impact the functionality of the keys of your piano. When they become rusty, it will usually be much more difficult for the keys of the piano to function. If you are having issues with the keys of your pianos, you will need to ensure that the rail pins have been carefully cleaned and lubricated. Having this issue repaired will enable you to restore the ability of your keys to function as they are supposed to.

When your keys have sustained an issue, they will impact your ability to play the piano. It will be important to have the issue repaired so that you may continue to use your piano. There are several things that can cause these problems with the keys of your piano. In general, sticky keys tend to be the most common problem to experience. If you are experiencing problems with your piano keys, you may want to work with our experienced piano technicians to have the problem identified and resolved. For more information about handling problems with your piano keys, contact us at Ogden Piano Gallery today!

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