How to Clean Antique Clocks

How to Clean Antique Clocks. The proper method for cleaning any antique
clock depends on the clock’s age, but there are general rules to follow. You will need Washing tray Cleaning fluid
Watchmakers’ tools Soft-bristle brush Pegwood Lint-free rag Pith Bellows and antique clock
repair shop (optional). Step 1. Disassemble the clock movement and place all
the compatible parts in a tray filled with cleaning fluid. Remove the spring from the barrel before placing
the barrel in the cleaning fluid. Check with a professional antique clock repair
shop about suitable cleaning compounds and cleaning methods for your clock. Step 2. Remove the parts from the cleaning fluid and
brush them with a soft brush. Step 3. Clean the nooks and crannies with sharpened
pegwood, and clean the pinion leaves with the brush and rag. Wipe the teeth of the wheels with pith. Step 4. Clean the mainspring and fine pivots. Step 5. Remove the clock plate from the solution,
dry it, and blow the plate with bellows. Clean out all the holes and the oil sinks
for retaining oil at the pivot ends with pegwood. Did you know Mechanical clocks are believed
to have been invented in Europe in the 13th century.

8 Replies to “How to Clean Antique Clocks”

  1. More like take it apart and then have a nervous breakdown while staring at all the pieces! Scary! Call the clock shop!

  2. Try horogleam for degreasing and cleaning. Its 70% ammonia so if not to your taste petrol a good rinse and thorough dry is ok. Really you need an ultrasonic tank but you can brush it constantly whilst cleaning. Removing dirt will increase play in components so bushing may be required. Refer to Practical Clock Repairing by the British horological institute for more information

  3. This is the worst – I would hate to see their mountain climbing howcast…. 1. rope, 2. lots of steps on putting on warm clothes, 3. Walk up mountain 4. Check with Sherpa as needed… Don't follow this – they missed very fundamental issues like safeing the springs…. kinda important… oh, and saying things like you need "watchmakers tool" and check with your local clock shop to find what to clean with? We are just cleaning/inspecting correct? Clocks are cleaned differently by their age? Treat all clocks as if there were very valuable museum pieces not just some. And you are cleaning delicate little brass pieces – mandating the use of wood to scrub with is idiotic… be careful but use brass cleaner if you choose… Please, look at almost ANY of the other videos on this topic…. wow, what a waste….

  4. PLEASE! DO NOT follow the instructions in this video. There is so much more to cleaning a clock movement. This video doesn't say a word about letting down (un-winding) the springs. If you just start taking the movement apart, and the springs are still wound, you will have an explosive release of power that will send parts flying and cause tremendous damage to your clock and possibly to you. It is possible to clean a clock movement at home, but you still need a few specialty tools and well as the knowledge to put it all back together. Trust me on this….cleaning and repairing clock is what I do. I would be more than happy to answer your clock questions.

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