How to Clean and Oil an Emperor Grandfather Clock

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How to Clean and Oil an Emperor Grandfather Clock
Oiling the gears of your grandfather clock will improve its performance. (clock’s gears image by Pali A from

A grandfather clock can be a wonderful addition to your home. The clocks are elegant, stylish, and can fit with many different styles and home decors. Emperor is a company that offers a few different styles of grandfather clocks. You can find more traditional grandfather clocks, as well as more modern designs, and a variety of finishes from Emperor, making it more likely you can find the right grandfather clock for your home. If you decide to make this investment, you should also learn how to maintain your Emperor grandfather clock, which includes cleaning and oiling.

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Things you need

  • Soft cloths
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Duster
  • Wood polish
  • Non-ammonia glass cleaner

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  1. 1

    Remove the pendulum and the weight of your Emperor grandfather clock, as well as the timepieces from the body of the clock. You cannot clean and oil effectively unless you dismantle the grandfather clock first.

  2. 2

    Clean the components you removed, as well as the inner components, using a soft cloth. For caked-on dust, you can use a slightly dampened cloth on everything but the clock face.

  3. 3

    Place a small amount of oil on the clock gears and other moving parts before reassembling your Emperor grandfather clock. For best results, use the Emperor Oil Kit (link in the Resource section of this article). Emperor recommends oiling the movements of your grandfather clock every three to four years.

  4. 4

    Pull the Emperor grandfather clock away from the wall very carefully. Never shake the clock. Use a duster to thoroughly dust the outside of the clock.

  5. 5

    Apply wood polish to a soft cloth, and rub it on the wooden portions of your Emperor grandfather clock. Use small, circular motions to apply the polish. Use a separate cloth to wipe off all the polish using the same small, circular motions.

  6. 6

    Spray a clean cloth with a non-ammonia glass cleaner. Use the cloth to clean the front glass of the Emperor grandfather clock.

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