𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗼 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝘁 𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗸!
The population of clothes-moths has tripled in five years. Moths eat the hammers and felt parts of the action. Replacing ruined felts and hammers is expensive!
𝗔𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘀 𝗜 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝘁𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗵 𝗱𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. It’s easy enough to prevent! I’ve put some suggestions below.
If you prefer to have a professional do this, from August 1st Dr Adam is providing a 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗵 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗽𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗼 𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴. Details in our directory.
If you want to protect your piano yourself, read on.
BTW, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗺𝗲 𝗯𝘆 𝗣𝗠…
1. Open the bottom door of the piano. That’s the one underneath the keyboard and above the pedals. There’s usually a catch, hook, or spring holding it in place.
2. Use your preferred moth killer product (see below)
3. If the bottom door is hard to remove (occasionally they can be awkward) open the top door and pin the product inside the piano on one side or the other.
4. You can also add some product under the keyboard.
Grands are a little more difficult because it’s hard to get inside the action area easily. 1. If you can remove the ‘key fall’ – the lid which goes over the keys, you can insert some product either side of the action, making sure you don’t impede the movement.
2. The key fall is removed by putting it in the open position and then lifting gently upwards and outwards.
3. Some key falls are retained by grub screws; Steinway key falls can only be removed with the keyboard checks and key fall.
1. An insecticide spray containing pyrethrin. Get one without oil which could harm your piano. Brands include CB80, 565 Plus XLO, and Fortefog Natural Protector Aerosol.
2. Moth killer strips
3. Mothballs (nb some technicians claim the vapour can harm the piano strings. I personally don’t believe this but I have no proof either way. Others point out it doesn’t smell good at all, and this I do believe).