How to Care for Antique Furniture simply and Easily!

Furniture used to be made for a lifetimes use. Furniture joints were cut and glued not nailed or stapled and wood was seasoned correctly so less likely to warp. Polishes and finishes were carefully applied by craftsmen or specialist artisans. People took pride in the quality of their workmanship. All of these things make how to care for Antique Furniture actually quite easy.

Sunbathing?

We can’t spend too long in the sun and neither can your Antique furniture.  The heat from Direct sunlight can have an adverse affect on the polished surface of some wooden furniture with veneers lifting and surfaces bubbling. Direct Sunlight can also fade out coloured fabrics, leathers and artworks. If a portion has been left in the sun then this can look worse than if the entire piece has faded.

Your item of Antique Furniture was not made at a time of constant central heating, with the resulting lack of humidity. Old fashioned glues and natural wooden joints dont deal with overly dry air so well. Keeping nicely watered floral arrangements in the rooms with your antiques will help the Humidity level stay around the ideal 40% mark – they look good too! Most digital room thermometers have a humidity sensor in them now and are very cheap to buy.

Wax on, Wax off Daniel-san.

Care for you Antique furniture with High quality Natural beeswax products. Modern spray on polishes can damage the delicate surface of your Antique Furniture over time. High Quality Natural Beeswax will bring out the grain and colour of the wood while protecting the original finish. Applied by microfibre cloth, a small amount in the direction of the grain will both clean the wood and bring out the shine. Too much wax left can leave the finish dull and a magnet for unwanted dirt and grime. Apply the wax on one day, leave it to harden slightly overnight before buffing the wax off to get a great shine. Regular dusting and polishing with a microfibre cloth can help enhance the patina and shine of your wooden Antique Furniture. You would usually only need to be waxing your furniture three or four times per year.

For metal handles on drawers we would advise wiping with a lightly damp microfibre cloth and then immediately with a dry cloth. Damp microfibre cloths will remove most general dirt, but if your handles are heavily tarnished we would suggest Brasso. No need to panic if some gets on the wooden surface – just wipe off quickly with a microfibre cloth.

Gentle Handling, stable temperatures and regular humidity levels are how to care for Antique furniture. Careful positioning of your Antique Furniture can help prolong its lifespan. Not in front of the window or radiator please.

 

 

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