Pianos should never be stored in a garage unless they are also air conditioned. Storing a piano in a garage can effectively ruin the entire instrument. Pianos are very sensitive to moisture and high temperatures.
No, your piano should not be stored in a cold garage as you cannot easily control the temperature, which can damage your piano’s wooden soundboard.
PIANO AND TEMPERATURE
Room temperatures of low to mid 70 degrees in summer and mid to high 60 degrees in winter are ideal, unless pianos are exposed to extreme heat of over 90 degrees, or almost freezing temperatures below 38 degrees, for a long period of time they are unlikely to be damaged.
Exposing your piano to unstable levels of humidity and temperature can also damage other materials in your piano. Very hot temperatures can cause the felt of the piano’s hammers to come loose. If the felt parts absorb too much moisture from a damp room, they produce a dull and indistinct sound.
Packing tape or rope: to secure the protective layer. Key Dust Cover: Before closing the lid, place a soft cloth or dust cover over the keys for added protection from spills and to prevent dirt or dust from accumulating. Plastic Wrap: As a final layer for extra cushioning.
Wrap your piano completely in heavy-duty moving blankets to prevent scuffs and stains during shipping and safe storage, making sure every inch of the piano is covered. Once you’ve wrapped your piano in moving blankets, secure the blankets with packing tape, rope, or straps.
Pianos are very finicky and must be stored and preserved in an air-conditioned environment or their condition may deteriorate. If the room temperature changes drastically, your piano’s wood can chip, crack, and cause permanent damage.
Changes in temperature and humidity can significantly affect not only the sound of a piano, but also its overall condition. If your joints tend to tighten up during certain times of the year, chances are your piano is affected in the same way.
Pianos can be placed near exterior walls as long as they are away from open windows and doors. A piano should not be placed near vents, chimneys, or areas where it may be exposed to high temperatures.
The middle of the room is the best place for your piano if possible. It keeps it away from windows and drafts when opening and closing doors. It also reduces the amount of sunlight hitting the piano during the day.
Keep your piano away from heat sources
If your whole house has underfloor heating, all you can do is put a heavy carpet underneath. This provides some protection for your piano. Sunshine is very nice, but pianos don’t really care about tans!
Moisture can damage pianos, as can dryness. In naturally dry climates, piano wood has enough moisture of its own to prevent it from drying out. When the piano becomes dry due to household heating or cooling systems, the wood and other parts of the piano may shrink and crack.
Moving a piano on its back or side does not harm a piano. A piano can be moved, tilted or rotated without being damaged. Damage to a piano occurs when it is dropped or bumped, or when there are foreign objects inside the piano while it is being moved. Moving a piano requires preparation to avoid damage.
Upright and baby grand pianos will fit in a PODS case, while a grand piano may not fit depending on its size. If you are transporting your piano with PODS, we strongly recommend purchasing the optional PODS Contents Protection insurance.
In most cases there is no need to cover your piano. If you have a grand piano, covering it up can be quite a hassle. Especially if you play your piano regularly, uncovering and covering it can take minutes each time that you’d better play.