Caring For Your Antique Furniture

Antique furniture is a popular choice for many for a number of reasons. Perhaps you live in an especially old or traditionally decorated home, are searching for a focal point to impress guests with or simply just hold a piece of particular sentimental value. Whatever type of antique furniture you keep and for whatever reason, it is important to care for these items correctly to ensure they stay in the best condition possible.

The way we care for antique furniture has evolved heavily over the years, with new and improved methods and products appearing on the market all the time. However, with a basic level of understanding of what can cause damage to your furniture and the best way to go about preventing this from happen, you can help protect your items for years to come.

So what can cause damage to my antique furniture?

There are a great deal of external factors which can impact the structure and appearance of your furniture including the following:

  •  Light. Ultraviolet and natural sunlight can both be particularly destructive to antique furniture (and of course most forms of furniture) as it can affect the finish on wood and fabric items.
  • Moisture. Moisture in the air can cause antique furniture to expand and contract, eventually leading to the loosening of glue joints, veneers and inlays. Moisture can also, and regularly does, promote mould growth and rot.
  • Insects. Wood and numerous fabrics can be particularly inviting to a number of insects and rodents looking to nest or eat their way along the wood.

So what can I do to prevent my antique furniture from falling victim to this kind of damage?

Common sense has a large part to play in the everyday care of your antiques. Remember to keep pieces away from direct sunlight and avoid placing large items like wardrobes and chest of drawers too close to radiators or air conditioning units.

General maintenance is also effective at prolonging the appearance of antique furniture. Regularly dusting using a lint free cloth is certainly recommended.

It’s also worthwhile finding a site that offers an extensive list of restoration products that you can use yourself for restoring pieces. Many of these will include beeswax. From basic clear wax furniture polish to scratch cover and polish you should be able to find something that suits your needs.

If you are worried about the condition of your Edwardian walnut dining table or Victorian mahogany washstand, don’t hesitate to contact a reputable provider who can give you care advice.

Driscolls Antiques  Limited is an online distributor of high quality antique furniture from a range of periods.

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Driscolls Antiques  Limited is an online distributor of high quality antique furniture from a range of periods.