How to Make Your Piano Winter-Ready

Fluctuations in the weather can take a toll on a piano’s components. Just as you ready your home and car for the cold winter that’s ahead, you should also prepare your piano for the snowy season. Here are tips on how to maintain your piano/keyboard during the winter months.

Protect Your Piano During The Winter Season

Maintain the humidity in the room.

Pianos tend to fall out of tune during the colder months due to a drop in humidity. Unfortunately, Utah tends to be dry all year long. Similar to our skin becoming dry, the wood in your piano can dry up. This decreases the tension on the strings, causing flat notes, faults, or cracks. To combat the dry air, we recommend using a humidifier unit in the space where your piano is located to keep it in optimal playing condition. Plus, purchase a humidity gauge to see the exact level of humidity in the air.

Place your piano in the proper location.

During the winter months, it’s best to keep your piano away from areas that are too hot or too cold. Avoid placing your piano near frequently opened doors/windows or near a heat source, such as a furnace. Plus, never allow direct sunlight to touch your instrument. It can damage the interior and cause discoloration of the piano’s finish. Do you need help moving your piano to a more safe location? At Ogden Piano Gallery, we provide in-house professional piano movers with the ability to move your piano safely and efficiently.

Tune your piano.

A well-maintained piano should be tuned at least twice a year. Timing your tuning around the change of seasons can help your piano maintain a more consistent sound and tuning stability through the winter season. An expert piano technician can tune your piano according to the temperature and humidity levels in your room.

Easy-care practices and good habits

In addition to preventative measures, it’s important to take proper care of your musical investment by establishing good maintenance habits. Here’s how to take care of your piano all year round:

  • Dust periodically.
  • Cover the keys to prevent dust from accumulating.
  • Play your piano on a regular basis.
  • Use a professional piano mover to move your piano.
  • Avoid placing liquid near your piano.

Although you may be tempted to clean the inside of your piano or perform repairs on your own, the action, strings, soundboard, and other internal components should be cleaned and serviced by a qualified piano technician.

Contact Ogden Piano Gallery for Piano Tuning Specials

Now is the perfect time to have your piano tuned to make sure that it’s ready for winter. At Ogden Piano Gallery, we offer comprehensive tuning appointments and repair work to make sure that your piano and keyboard are always sounding their best. Our expert piano tuners and technicians can service any piano, acoustic or digital. We’ll help you keep your piano in top condition and playing beautifully. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!


  • I had no idea that humidity could effect the tune of the piano, maybe that is the reason why I have to get my tuned so frequently. I will have to go get a humidifier and a humidity gauge to ensure it is the correct level of humidity. What would you suggest are the right humidity levels for a piano?

  • Winter can wreak havoc on a piano if it’s not prepared properly and humidity levels are ignored. This is excellent info, thank you so much for sharing.