Why Buy a Piano Cover:
Piano covers are only way to protect your valuable instrument, and are quite common in homes. The substantial protection they offer from damage is also vital for pianos located in public places and places of high traffic, including universities, churches, hotels, concert halls, school, auditoriums, and resorts. Below are some of the main reasons why you should buy a piano cover.
Piano Covers protect your piano from physical damage, including scratches and chips:
A grand piano cover acts as an important barrier between the wood surface of your piano and the surroundings. A piano does scratch fairly easy, and repairing and refinishing one can costs thousands of dollars (take it from someone who had a piano floor lamp fall over on their piano...). A piano cover will help prevent those dings and scratches.
A piano cover can help reduce the sound while playing:
Many customers live in situation where the noise of the piano is an issue. People in apartments frequently ask how they can make their pianos quieter, and try various things from caster cups to stapling thick blankets to the underside of the piano. One great way to control sound levels is to get a quilted piano cover. With the slits in a cover (they are approximately where the legs are), it is possible to flip over the front section of the piano cover and play the piano--as opposed to having to take the entire cover off to play. Keeping a quilted cover on, helps reduce the sound. We've had customers tell us they feel it reduces sound 30-40% even.
A piano cover protects your piano from sunlight damage:
UV rays damages the finish to your piano, and is the number one cause for premature aging of your instrument. The sun can create hairline cracks in the finish, and can lead to fading or darkening. If you piano is exposed to a lot of sunlight, a piano cover is a worthy investment, and highly recommended.
Note that if your piano is exposed to a lot of sunlight, and you live in a warmer climate, you will walt to get a quilted or mackintosh cover. Vinyl traps heat, so you would not want a vinyl cover in this situation.
Piano covers protect your piano from dust:
Dust gets everywhere, including inside your piano. Dust and grime on the wood or lacquer finish of the piano can be abrasive, and dust and dirt gathering on the keys will eventually cause them to stick and become difficult to play. Even wiping the dust off the piano can lead to scratching it. Dust damages the inside of your piano as well-- dust that accumulates by the tuning pins, the string bearing felts or the dampers will over time take their tole on your piano.
Piano covers protect your piano from humidty and temperature changes:
Changes in humidty and weather are harmful to your piano, and cause it to go out of tune. If you live in a humid climate, it is recommended that you purchase a piano cover, as it will help maintain the atmosphere.
Piano Covers are great for those with pets--especially cats:
We all love our cats, but they have a tendency to want to jump on top of the piano, and even crawl inside and sleep on the strings. A piano cover is great for preventing the cat from scratching the finish, as well as keeping him or her outside of the piano (cat hair in the piano is never good!). Something to consider: if you think your cat will want to sharpen his claws on the cover, we recommend buying a vinyl cover over a nylon quilted cover. Cats are not as likely to try and sharpen their claws on vinyl.
Piano Covers offer protection from liquid:
Restaurants, clubs, hotels, banquet halls and resorts often buy a piano cover to help prevent damage from drinks. People love to put their drink on a piano, leaving a ring on the finish. You also have to worry about someone knocking over a drink, and damaging the inside of the instrument. All cover materials offer a certain level of protection from liquid, but if you are really worried about spills, we recommend a vinyl cover. Vinyl offers the most protection in terms of not absorbing the liquid, and it can be easily cleaned and wiped off. Within reason, you won't have the rings from drinks on vinyl if you wipe them down. A mackintosh cover on the other hand, if you spill a drink on it, it may absorb a certain amount of the liquid, and leave a permanent stain.
Storing your Piano:
If you will be storing your piano for months at a time, for example in a summer home where it is not used, it is a good idea to get a cover. Unused and unprotected pianos age quicker, and go out of tune faster. Keeping it covered will help control the humidity, and keep out the dust.