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Carpet Cleaning and Piano Tuning

Mud season has shown up a couple of weeks late this year, and as we’re still dealing with COVID-19 we may not be far away from needing to have our carpets cleaned.

In my yearly rounds I run into people that have had or are going to have their carpets cleaned within a couple of days of having the piano tuned.  This can cause a massive shift in humidity depending on who you hire to clean your carpets. We usually run into this issue 2 times per year–holidays in the fall and winter, and mud season in the spring.

Humidity and Piano Tuning

I’m sure many of you have heard my speech about relative humidity changes causing the piano to go out of tune.  This is the biggest reason for a properly tuned piano to go out of tune.

Around the Great Lakes region we can have 5-6 humidity changes a day, along with seeing all four seasons in one day! Carpet cleaning can cause these changes as well. They use a lot of water to clean your floors, it can take days to dry fully.

The biggest thing you can do to avoid this is to have the carpets cleaned a couple of weeks prior to your tuning. The next best thing would be to use a company that uses less water. There is one company that I am aware of in Allen county that uses 80%-90% less water than any of the Steam Cleaners around here.

Chem-Dry of Allen County uses a Carbonated water cleaning method that uses very little chemicals and very little water to get your carpet cleaned, as well as monitoring humidity as they clean. Their method of cleaning, along with using far less water, allows the carpets are dry in 1-2 hours instead of overnight or longer.

What does this mean for you?

Less water and a quicker drying time lead to no or very little change in your tuning.

It’s easy to forget to schedule things during the spring, due to cleaning, planting, getting the Lake house ready etc.  Same for the fall/winter holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving etc.) due to family events and obligations. Using a company like ChemDry of Allen county can help to alleviate any scheduling problems that busyness may cause by allowing you to schedule these appointments closer together and not have your piano tuning totally ruined.