The grandfather clock is something very different from the portable mantel clocks that grace the shelf above our fireplace or the wall clocks that hang in our kitchen or living room. A grandfather clock is a piece of solid furniture; that which anchors a room, reflects the homeowner’s own personal style, and elevates the décor to something grand and finished.
Because of its internal system, and its height, the grandfather clock requires periodic care to ensure that it is working at its optimum level. But in caring for your grandfather clock you are ensuring that it will last as long as it was designed to last – which could be hundreds of years as it is handed down through your family.
Grandfather clock owners should always follow specific cleaning instruction set forth by the clock’s manufacturer. It is generally advised that the handling of the weights and pendulum be done by a professional, as any movement or damage caused in the cleaning process can impact the clock’s timekeeping abilities. Exterior cleaning can be done by the owner with a soft cloth and non-chemical cleaners.
Owning a grandfather clock is an investment your home – as well as an investment in the future. By caring for them properly you are doing all you can to protect your investment.