Is It Worth The Wax?

Antique furniture has survived many years and has many tales to tell so the last thing you want to do is polish those details away. This maybe small scratches, deep stains or general wear and tear, yet most of these small blemishes add character to the antique item and should not be detrimental to price. In order to keep them in as good position as possible and prevent them from becoming further damaged and to stop dirt and grime building up, antiques items should be regularly waxed.

Why choose wax?
There are various advantages to using wax on antique furniture. It can prevent any moisture loss from the item – especially if it is wooden which can become brittle and easily broken once hard and dry. Adding wax on a regular basis can stop the wood from drying out and in turn stops any cracking or breaking in the wood. Wax can also prevent a build up of dust which can severely damage an aged item. The wax not only prevents future dust build up but also cleans away any dust that could be damaging the item. Wood worm is common in items that have not been carefully and regularly cleaned, and waxing can also prevent this.

Waxing is also perfect for items that are in great condition and need to be kept that way, or for those in good condition that have some small marks or light damage.

What wax do I choose?
There are various types of wax available that are specifically designed for certain wood types including mahogany, oak and walnut. It is vital that when choosing a wood wax you pick the correct type of wax for your type of wood. This is imperative to achieving optimum cleaning and restoration to antique furniture. In addition it is also important to pick the right colour of wax depending on whether your wood is light or dark.

How do I clean it?
Apply the wax to a surface area that is out of sight in order to carry out a patch test. This is to ensure that the wax you have purchased is correct for your item before you spread it all over. Then add a small amount to your cloth and move across the item in circle movements gently to remove any surface dirt or light scratches. Be careful not to use too much product at once, remember more can be added yet it is difficult to remove once on the antique item.

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