Whether it's an heirloom grandfather clock or a simple wall clock, proper storage is the key to making sure it can still keep the time when you bring it back into your home from a storage unit. Placing these items into storage correctly isn't always simple, and you may need some expert help. Fortunately, this guide is here to lead you through the process.
It Starts with Preparation
The amount of preparation depends on the particular timepiece. For an inexpensive wall clock, simply removing the batteries and dusting the back of the clock is sufficient. More care is necessary if you are dealing with a precision timepiece. For example, a grandfather clock will need the decorative exterior finials removed. Then, the weights and pendulums inside will need to be locked into place or removed so they don't shift during transport and storage and cause damage. Finally, the movements, or inner mechanisms and gears, must be secured. Some clock movements simply sit on a shelf inside the face, so they can slide around during transport and be damaged.
Generally, the more complex or expensive the clock, the more likely that you should bring in a clock expert to help you prepare it for storage.
The main point of the packaging is to protect the clock from dust and dirt. Wrap small desk clocks and wall clocks in packing paper, and then store them in a box. Use plenty of packing material around the clock so the glass or plastic face isn't broken or damaged.
Fill the inside of standing grandfather clocks with packing paper to help protect the glass and to prevent any pulley or weight attachments from moving. Then, wrap the entire clock in a furniture blanket or an old comforter. This will protect the wood and glass, while also keeping the dust away during storage. Pendulums and weights should be wrapped and stored in a box if possible.
Moisture is the enemy of any clock. Don't store the clock directly on the ground, since moisture can seep through concrete. Instead, place boxes on shelves or set the clock on top of a pallet to elevate it a few inches. A climate-controlled unit is best, since temperature fluctuations can damage wooden clock housing. Climate control also helps prevent humidity, which can damage wood and clock movements.
While most types of clocks can stored safely for years, it's still a good idea to inspect them annually or so. A fresh coat of polish on wood housing will prevent it from cracking with age, and you will also want to check metal parts and make sure there is no corrosion occurring.
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