Whether it is a wall clock, that is placed on a table, or a grandfather clock, most of the interview could be summarized as: the mechanism must be prevented from deteriorating. Here are some practical suggestions to maintain your clocks and wall clocks.

1. Maintain tension bars

  • Maintain wooden tension bars, often painted, covering them with a layer of marine varnish every six months.
  • You will find this product in hardware stores and marine supply stores.
  • If your hammock is stretched in a wooden frame, skip it with linseed oil every three to six months.

2. Seek professional

  • It is better to entrust the cleaning your clock to a professional, who will also handle the grease.
  • You run to disaster if you do it yourself! The mechanism should be checked every two or three years; know that dust the damage considerably.

3. Adopt a house cleaning

  • If, however, you want to clean yourself the mechanism, show yourself very carefully.
  • Soften and remove the dirt with a small brush dipped in mineral spirits – never cotton or cloth, which may become fluffy.
  • Wipe off excess with lens paper (available at camera stores).
  • Use a toothpick to dislodge dirt.
  • It is then essential to grease the wheels: use only oil designed specifically for clocks.
  • Drop it with a watchmaker can or, failing that, from the point of a needle.Do not overdo it, especially on the gear teeth.
  • Wipe off the excess with a tissue.
  • Clean the outside of a wooden wall clock like any other piece of cabinetry as suggested by PHOENIXWALLCLOCKS.
  • Start by spraying a dust suppressant product (Endust or lemon Pledge, for example) on a soft cloth and rub.
  • Then apply oil to feed the wood (lemon oil is effective and feels very good).
  • Wipe the front with a soft, dry cloth, whether glass or transparent plastic.
  • Clean the glass with glass cleaner, such as Windex, but again, spray it on the cloth and not on the clock, then wipe.

Attention!

Before you start cleaning the inside of a clock, remember to keep the mechanism springs into place: once the open housing, they are likely to “jump in the air” unpredictably! If you are not absolutely sure, entrust this work to a watchmaker.