Antiques are old collectible items that are passed down from generation to generation. Because of its age, these items are rare and unique. Unlike commercially available furniture, antiques have long lasting quality attached to it. Antique furniture is a great way to complement your home and give it status uplift. The common types of woods used to make antique furniture are mahogany, oak and rosewood. This type of furniture is often manually carved and designed for decoration or symbolic purpose. Maintenance of antique furniture is important to ensure its long lasting quality. Here are a few tips on how to care for your antique furniture.
The most important thing to do is to keep your antique furniture out from the sunlight. The UV rays from sunlight can damage antique furniture as they will lose its shine. The color of the furniture may also fade in the sunlight. Strong direct sunlight may also cause the furniture to be out of shape and may lead to cracking. The furniture should also not be exposed to a high level of humidity as it would cause the wood to expand and loosen the joints. This should be avoided at all costs because once the furniture goes out of shape, there is no way to restore the piece. Therefore, it is suggested that the antique furniture is not exposed to sunlight to maintain the condition of the antiques.
The antique furniture must also be cleaned regularly. The simplest way to do this is by calling professional antiques cleaners. However, if you do not have many antiques to clean, it would be expensive to call a professional to come to your house to clean your furniture. You could also clean the furniture yourself. The furniture should be kept dust free with a soft cloth. Excess oil from the surface has to be wiped off to ensure that it will not collect dust. The furniture can be cleaned using warm water and Murphy's Oil Soap. After wiping the furniture, dry it with a soft dry cloth to prevent water stains. This would ensure that your furniture would keep looking brand new.
Besides cleaning the furniture should also be polished and waxed once in a while. It is also advisable to wax and polish your furniture when they start to show signs of ageing. This will help replenish the look of your furniture. If the furniture has scratches, you could use beeswax to help cover the scratches. Choose a color that best matches the color of your furniture and this will make it impossible to notice the scratches. Do not use aerosol cleaners to clean your antique furniture as the chemicals in those products will damage your furniture. Only use polishers and waxes that are specially designed for antiques.
Maintaining your antique pieces would ensure that its value is preserved or increased. The self restoration of your antique furniture should also be exercised with caution to avoid wrong actions which could destroy the furniture. It would be better to consult with a professional antique cleaner or restorer if you are unsure of how to maintain your antiques.