Ways to Preserve Your Antique Furniture Pieces

antique furniture Ways to Preserve Your Antique Furniture Pieces

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Antique furniture has been well-loved throughout history and has been prized not only for their historical importance, but also for their sentimental value. Wooden antique pieces, in particular, bring about special warmth for its timeless beauty, and it is important to know how to care for them in order to preserve them for many years and memories to come.

Below are a few ways that will help in preserving antique furniture pieces.

1. Keep away from sunlight

Ultraviolet rays coming from the sun can damage the finish or varnish on wood and where the wood itself is exposed can bleach or darken it. To prevent this from happening, keep your antique furniture away from direct sunlight, or when not possible, use thick curtains on windows to block out or diffuse as much sunlight as possible.

2. Temperature matters

Put a little extra thought into the placement of your furniture. Not only do they need to be away from direct sunlight, they also need to be kept away from heat sources such as ventilators and fireplaces. Wood is porous and is easily affected by moisture, which may cause the wood to expand or contract, which can lead to joints loosening, or doors and drawers becoming stuck. A humidifier or humidifier may help regulate the humidity of the room where your antique furniture is stored, and can thwart off or lessen any negative effects. To be on the safe side, though, it is best to consult your local antiques dealer on the temperature specifications of your antique furniture.

3. Check for pests

The type of wood and fabric that comprises your antique furniture may be inviting to pests and insects and may cause significant damage. Be on the lookout for exit holes that may indicate mature insects eating their way out of the wood, such as beetles. Oil and build up on the external frame may be luring in cockroaches that feed on them, which in turn leave a trail of excrement that could affect the staining or finishing of your wooden furniture. Frass under the furniture could indicate active infestation, in which case, have the affected piece of furniture taken immediately to your exterminator or conservator for treatment to prevent further damage.

4. Cleaning and refinishing

Oil cleaners enhance the appearance of your wooden pieces, however, they leave a residue that could attract dirt and dust, as well as pests. Thus, cleaning with furniture oil should be avoided or used minimally as they may do more damage in the long run. Invest instead in a high quality paste wax for cleaning your antique furniture. Dusting with a soft, lint-free cloth can be done in between cleaning. Avoid using dry rags as they may scratch the surface of your antique furniture.

While refinishing can be done to enhance the features of your wooden furniture, it is imperative to note that doing so involves stripping off of the original finish coating as well as any wear and tear that tells its history of use – which is something that can no longer be recovered. Consult a preservation expert on before treating your antiques to avoid any mishaps.

5. Respect your furnitureantique furniture interior decor ideas Ways to Preserve Your Antique Furniture Pieces

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While making sure that the environment is favorable for your furniture is a good start, treating your furniture with respect is the best way to keep in preserved and in good condition for many years to come. Taking good care of your antiques does not stop at cleaning. How you handle and use them on a daily basis is equally important as it has a huge impact on the longevity of the antique.

How you care for your antique furniture determines its preservation. Not all antiques have monetary value, but the beauty that comes with antique furniture that has been preserved well through time is priceless.

About the author:

Angie Cole is a fan of everything vintage and admires true old-world craftsmanship. She writes for Old Plank, a furniture shop that imports and restores European quality antique and vintage pieces. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her pet turtle, Socrates.

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