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Clock Maintenance 101: Best Practices

Posted by Michael Nestell on

Clocks are a classic and staple décor piece in many homes. But they can also be expensive and delicate, so it’s important to handle them with adequate care if you want them to remain as your trusted timepiece for years to come. Read on to learn how to take proper care of your clock, with some of these maintenance 101 tips.

Listen to your clock

This is one of the best ways to keep track of how well your clock is functioning. If you notice that the sounding tick is uneven, then it could require some attention. You can try to adjust it, or take it to a clock technician if that fails. If the tick is strong and even, this usually is a good sign that it’s running well.

Always be gentle when adjusting the clock

Whether you own a Cuckoo clock, wall clock, mantel clock, or grandfather clock, it’s important to remember that every clock is delicate and must be handled with care. When you need to adjust the time, always be gentle and never use force.

Wind your clock according to instruction

No matter what type of clock you have, you should wind it (or pull the chains) as the instructions indicate. For instance, if you have a 1 day cuckoo clock, you would need to pull the opposite end of the chain to bring the weight back up to the clock once a day. Many people who one 1 day cuckoo clocks wind their clocks twice daily. The same principle applies to 8 day cuckoo clocks. They require the weighs to be pulled back to the clock once per week. We recommend winding on the same day every week.

Oiling, Cleaning & Maintenance

Lubricating the clock and applying oil to the mechanisms is important to keep those metal parts functioning smoothly over the years. A professional clock repair technician should perform this maintenance task. See our post on “How Often Should I Oil My Clock” for more information.

With all of the intricate parts that work together to keep clocks functioning properly, it’s no surprise how delicate they can be. It’s always a good idea to have your clock serviced regularly. See our post on “How Often Should I Oil My Clock” for more information.

Did you know Frankenmuth Clock Company has a full-service repair department? All estimates are FREE! Call or email to learn more, inquire about estimated wait times, or request to be added to our repair wait list.


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