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.
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.