If you know how to clean wind chimes properly, you can give your wind chimes shine a longer lifetime. That’s a true statement for everything. If you take care, it’ll stay fair. Although you could describe me as a lazy guy, I just don’t like seeing filth on my wind chimes.
Wherever they may be placed, the filth in the air will find its way onto them. Especially if you place it outside the home in a veranda, it’ll see bird feces and acid rain every now and then.
At the very least, even fresh rain will leave watermarks and dirt all over it. This exposure to the elements will eventually make its color fade away.
So, how do you keep it as good as new for as long as you can?
In this article, I’ll lay out everything you need to know about these beautiful instruments of music and when and how to clean them.
When Should You Clean Wind Chimes?
Your wind chimes will get dirty throughout the year. But you could schedule a cleaning routine depending on the season because some seasons are less dirty than others.
For example, air during spring is much cleaner than in winter. That’s why it’ll be a good idea to clean and coat the wind chimes after winter so that they can stay as clean as possible while resisting dirt from setting on them.
What coating would you use? If it’s bamboo or wood, a simple furniture varnish will work well. If it’s a metal wind chime, a painting would be more appropriate.
TLDR; clean them whenever you see dust and dirt on them if maintaining a cleaning routine seems too tough.
Benefits of Cleaning Wind Chimes
The dirt and grime caught by the wind chime will destroy its appearance. Although the melody it produces won’t be as affected unless it has been years without any cleaning, that sparkle you were fascinated by won’t be there anymore.
A dull surface on a wood or metal chime will only tarnish the overall visual of your décor. So, you have everything to gain from a clean wind chime.
How to Clean Wind Chimes?
Cleaning wind chimes is simple. But it can be different depending on the material. Here’s steps of cleaning different types wind chimes.
If your wind chime is made of metal, no matter what it is, it should be the easiest one to clean. Since you can’t damage it by using soap or any chemical, unlike wooden chimes, you just need a wet wipe and a bit of soapy water. The dirt will come right off.
Here are the steps to follow:
- First, take the wind chime off from its hanging position
- Lay it on a piece of cloth and use a brush to dust off the dry and loose dust
- Take any machine oil on a rag and wipe the surface with it
- Give a few minutes, and then wipe it
- The surface should be clean from dirt
- If it’s not clean, time to use soap water
- Let the soap work for a couple of minutes and wipe it with a damp rag first, and finish with a clean, dry rag
In case there’s too much grime on it, you might need to use fine steel wool to get rid of it. Using a #0000 steel wool would be really good if you want to restore an aluminum polished wind chime.
Oh, and you need a straw brush if you have tubes in your wind chime.
Wooden chimes need to be handled lightly.
Follow these steps to keep it shining always:
- After taking it off using a clean, dry cloth to remove the dust
- Spray lemon or linseed oil onto a clean cloth
- Wipe over the chime with the cloth
Caution: Using water should be avoided as much as possible.
For glass wind chimes, handling with care is necessary.
- Take a bucket of warm water and mix 1tbsp dish soap in it
- Use a sponge to soak in the soapy water and wipe the glass chimes
- Don’t forget the nook and crannies
- Now you can use a cup to splash water on the chimes to remove the soapy water
- Use a soft cloth to dry it
- Hang it inside to dry it
How to Take Care of Your Wind Chimes?
There’s not much to it. Taking care of wind chimes is simple. Take it off its hanging position once in a while and clean it.
For those who have metal wind chimes, keep an eye on the coating on them. If the protective coating goes away, the moisture in the air will cause it to rust. Aluminum alloy chimes are safe from it.
The same thing should be kept in mind for wooden wind chimes. Rain can cause it to lose color quickly if it doesn’t get the chance to dry off.
Wooden and bamboo wind chimes are negatively affected by humidity. So keep that in mind.
Every once in a while, check the condition of the nylon holding it together. If it breaks, it’ll only become harder for you to repair.
To add more, don’t leave it outside during the whole winter if you live in the colder regions of the world. It’s different if you keep it in a particularly sheltered place.
And, of course, bring them down during storms or heavy winds.
If you want to keep enjoying the dainty melody, you need to know how to clean wind chimes. However, if you take good care of your wind chimes and keep them safe from bad weather, cleaning them won’t seem like a hassle.
You can make your life easier by choosing a wind chime that doesn’t need a lot of maintenance. An aluminum wind chime is a good fit.
Follow the advice above, and you’ll see that wind chime hanging on your porch for a long time.