John Ross Jesensky—How To Care for a Piano
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    I talk about piano care and how humidity can affect your special instrument
How To Care for a Piano
Through my many years working with music and musical instruments, I'll admit I had to learn the hard way of how to take care of them in order to get the best sound. One of the best ways to take care of your piano, other than the occasional dusting and cleaning, is to make sure it regularly stays in tune. With that I might also like to add to be sure it stays a comfortable temperature in your home to protect it from humidity. 
Now, I understand a lot of you are looking at me funny. Have you wondered why some pianos stay in tune for much longer than a piano that is in an attic or a stuffy room? The answer just might intrigue you! We all know how wood expands in heat mostly in the Summer. It's a well known fact that as temperature changes into the Summer time, there is more moisture in the air which is also known as humidity. The wood your piano is made of absorbs that and as a result, the wood swells.
Maybe now it's starting to make more sense. With the wood swelling due to humidity, this affects everything from the pins, the soundboard and even the strings. The humidity swells the soundboard which causes the strings that lay across the board to bend and your pitch will go sharp whereas with a flat soundboard and flat strings with no humidity, the sound produced is flat. 
All of the information about how temperature affects pianos is crucial to the first step of taking care of a piano.
When you begin cleaning your piano, it is worthy to note that cleaning and polishing are two completely different things and are both important. Polishing doesn't need to be done very often, and doing it as little as you can it good for the the finish. Dust, however, is your piano's worst nightmare and must be done regularly, at the minimum of once every two weeks, With a duster of your choice as long as it is not dusting with a dry cloth. Dusting with a dry cloth will allow the dust to scratch the finish.
My final tip with it comes to cleaning your piano is to absolutely never spray cleaners or products of any kind onto the piano directly. Spray the polish or cleaner onto your cloth. The reason why you do this versus spraying directly onto the piano is because you not want to risk the chance of moisture passing between the keys, onto strings and other sensitive and delicate areas.