You just renovate your porch, hang the hammock, grab a book and glass of your favorite drink ready to enjoy and rest? If so, there is one more thing you may be missing, the sounds of wind chimes!
Whit this, Sunday afternoon is complete. Wind chimes originated in southeast Asia about 3,000 B.C.E. but through history, many people develop their own chimes using many different materials like bamboo, wood, or steel.
A set of wind chimes will add a new charm to your porch and backyard, but also if you already have them and they survived a few storms, there is a high chance that they are not as functional as before. In this article, we will show you how to restring your wind chimes and which brand and type of wind chime would be the best fit for your porch.
Why should you restring wind chimes?
If the weather is too cold or the wind too strong your win chimes can easily break, freeze or tangle. Already damaged chimes mean that they could end up on the ground at any time and break. Also, it depends on the material from which they are made. If wind chimes are weary you don't need to throw them and replace them with a new set. In a few easy steps, you can restring them and enjoy in sound just like before.
How to restring your wind chimes?
As the first step in restringing your wind chimes make sure to use a strong type of synthetic string like a nylon cord. Despite your chimes are probably made with a natural kind of fiber string, a synthetic one as a replacement will be a great choice in protection against all weather conditions. If you are ready to spend more money you can go for an archery string that will cost more but also can hold up even 100 pounds. A cheaper solution is a nylon cord but always go for ticker class for more strength.
The next step is to remove the old string. When you choose your replacement in the first step lay all win chimes on the table or any other flat surface. Remove carefully each part of the string you want to replace, you can use scissors with little help. After this, lay them gently in the same order as before. It would be ideal to replace the whole set, even if only some parts are damaged but it's up to you.
Now we are at the most important part. Take your string and get it through a needle with enough large eye for the string to fit in. Inweave the string into and out of holes of the chimes and also thought the holes on the top ring. After you're done, be sure that every chime hangs equally at the same range from the top ring.
The next thing you must do is to secure every chime with a knot. Also, it's recommended to add a little bit of glue for a stronger knot. After that, carefully test the sound of your chimes by tapping them with a spoon. If the sound seems ok to you, your work is done. Now when your wind chimes are ready, think about placing them in a place less exposed to the elements and make sure to take them inside your house during heavy storms. That will largely prevent future damage.
Cleaning wood wind chimes
When it comes to cleaning wood chimes first thing you need to do is take off huge debris and bird droppings with a cloth. It's recommended to clean chimes with lemon oil cleaner. You should treat wood chimes just like your wood furniture, not so often maybe but take some time for occasional cleaning.
Cleaning aluminum wind chimes
This one is pretty simple, you can use soap and water. Any kind of soap will do the job, laundry, or dish, it doesn't matter. Different cleaning products will be needed for glass or stone chimes but in this case, soap is just fine.
Cleaning metal wind chimes
First, remove dirt and use soap and water to wash the chimes. Each chime must be completely dry and then use WD-40 or any other lubricant to protect the metal from rust. Also, you can vax the chimes for additional protection.
Best strings on the market
Depending on the strength of the wind in your area we can suggest you Singer fishing line for lighter wind chimes and Davos premium cords for heavier wind chimes. The fishing line is a great choice because strings are very durable and barely visible so you have a feeling like chimes are hanging by themselves. They are perfect for lighter chimes. On the other hand, for heavier chimes, wooden or metal ones, Davos premium cords are a good choice. They are very strong and beautiful, not too tick so chimes will sound better than ever. Also, they come in many colors, so you can match them with your porch.