For those who are fortunate enough to own a piece of antique furniture, you likely know what a treasure it is. Its patina has a beautiful sheen, and the piece seems to almost glow with the past. Caring for a delicate chair, table, desk, bookcase, or another such item may seem daunting. Thankfully, however, it is quite easy to care for antique furniture.
The most regular form of maintenance one must practice is dusting. Dusting is healthy for the home overall; it can keep your household from breathing in allergens and undergoing breathing problems. Dust particles can scratch the surface of your furniture as well. Dusting generally keeps your house from looking dark and dingy.
To properly care for antique furniture, you will only need a soft feather duster, which you can find online for a low price. It is essential to check your duster for broken feathers before each cleaning session, because broken quills can cause nasty scratches. Depending on how often dust accumulates in your home, once a month or even bi-weekly will be sufficient.
When it comes to cleaning the surfaces of your antique furniture, you must never, ever, clean with modern cleaning chemicals. It does not matter that they have the label “organic” or “natural” on them. These cleaners have oils that will harm the fragile patina of your antiques or, at the very least, leave an unsightly residue. Use a high-quality wax to polish the furniture, moving along the grain. Apply it with a cheesecloth, or some other very soft cloth. You only need to do this at least once a year.
If your wooden antique has metal attached to it, do not apply a metal cleaner while the piece is still on the wood to avoid damaging the furniture. It may be enough to dust it alone, but one should remove the metal attachment before cleaning it.
Wood naturally fades in direct sunlight and expands or contracts under varying air temperatures. It is best to place your antique furniture out of direct sunlight and away from the outer walls, which may change temperatures. Do not put them near vents or radiators either, since these can exacerbate the furniture’s dryness. If your home is too humid or too dry, remediate the problem as applicable. If your antique furniture became damaged from flooding or a house fire, North Arundel Contracting can still restore it for you.
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