About 8 years ago, I became frustrated with the
increasing costs of commercial cleaning solutions. The water based
concentrates had risen in cost from $8 per gallon and now cost $50 per
gallon. The solvent based solutions were less expensive, but they
are harsh on the environment and present some minor risks to the
I started using this formula, and after a while it occurred
to me that there may be others who shared my concerns. This
cleaner became almost an instant hit. It received a very positive
evaluation from Roy Hovey that was published in Watch and Clock
Review. In addition to being highly effective, it is safe for the
workman, environment and clock (see the MSDS page).
is a water based soap concentrate that has the distinct advantage
of meeting the criteria for a low ammoniated cleaner as
recommended in the BHI's Conservation of Clocks and Watches. It is
also much less likely than other cleaners to remove the lacquer from new
production clocks. No hazardous shipping fee is required.
rinses, I recommend one rinse of hot water to drive off the cleaner, and
one rinse of alcohol to drive off the water. Follow this with
forced air heat drying.
One gallon of concentrate makes 8 gallons of
This product is now only available through Timesavers, Inc. you
may order it by calling 1.800.552.1520. It is stocked as their item
no. 17864. They take credit cards.
selling the Historic Timekeepers Cleaning Solution for $23.50 per galon,
which is less than I charged for direct sales.
Or, you can
visit the Timesavers website.