Maintaining Your Woodstock Chime, Bell, Gong or Rainbow Maker

Every part of a Woodstock Chime is weather protected. Over time, however, those layers of protection can begin to wear. To enjoy your Woodstock Chime for years to come, we suggest you hang it in an area that is not exposed to long term direct sunlight and periodically clean it with a damp cloth and mild detergent. In addition, here are some simple maintenance tips:

Aluminum Tubes

Woodstock Chimes tubes are made of anodized aluminum that will not rust when exposed to the elements. However, over time, the aluminum may show pitting as a result of environmental factors. Please note this will not affect the beautiful tones of your chimes. If necessary, use mild soap and water (or a foaming, non-abrasive cleanser) to clean the tubes. You can also use very fine #0000 steel wool to polish and restore your aluminum tubes.

Powder-Coated Aluminum Tubes

If your powder-coated tubes need cleaning, use mild soap and water (or a foaming, non-abrasive cleanser) to clean the tubes. Do not use steel wool or any abrasive cleaner, as this will scratch the powder-coated finish.

Wood Parts

Periodically, apply a thin layer of exterior use Danish or lemon oil with a clean cloth to the wood parts. Regular oiling will help protect the wood and retard the natural aging process.

Glass, Cloisonne-style, Stainless Steel and Stone Accents

Use a damp cloth to clean these parts. If necessary, mild soap and water can be used.

Resin and Rust-Finish Elements

Resin and rust-finish steel elements should be wiped clean with a duster or damp cloth.

Brass Parts

Brass parts can be cleaned with brass cleaner or left to naturally age and patina.

Rainbow Makers and Crystal Accents

Spray window cleaner on a clean, soft cloth and gently wipe crystals till they are clean and shiny.

Bamboo Chimes

All Asli Arts bamboo windchimes are made using natural and sustainable products such as bamboo and coconut shell. Each is hand-carved and hand-tuned by artisans in Bali or Vietnam. With proper care, your Asli Arts bamboo chime will typically last from 3-4 years when hung outside.

To extend the life of your chime:

  • Hang your chime in an area protected from direct sunlight or heavy winds. Excellent locations include under a porch overhang or in a shady tree.
  • Bring your chimes in during extreme weather or windstorms.
  • If you live in the north, bring your chimes in during the harsh winter months and store it in an unheated area, such as a shed or garage.
  • Occasionally wipe off your chimes with a damp cloth to remove any build-up or mold.
  • Every spring, provide added weather protection by applying a coat of varnish on your chime (you'll want to wipe off the chime before doing this!).

Woodstock Chimes has taken a number of precautions to ensure their Asli Arts bamboo chimes are the highest quality bamboo chime in the marketplace. Their manufacturers produce only for Woodstock, allowing them to ensure a high standard of quality control. In addition, their manufacturers harvest bamboo only during the best time of year and properly dry the bamboo before making the chimes, both of which reduce the risk of cracks in the bamboo. Finally, all Asli Arts chimes are inspected before they leave their U.S. warehouse.

Bamboo is sensitive to humidity and sudden temperature changes. Despite all of their precautions, infrequently, cracks in bamboo occur as the bamboo expands and contracts in reaction to environmental changes. Hairline cracks are not of concern; they are normal to bamboo and will not affect the sound of your chimes. What's more, hairline cracks generally do not develop into larger cracks.

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