Antique furniture, whether it is a rare flea-market-find or a precious heirloom piece, may hold a different meaning for every individual. But one thing that everyone can agree on is that they are prized possessions that deserve some extra care and attention than regular furniture pieces. And it takes more than simply applying a coat of oil on them. Here are some simple tips for you to take care of your antique furniture:
1. Dust your furniture regularly
One of the most common reasons for antique furniture pieces losing their shine and appeal over time is the build-up of dust and dirt on the surface. Regular dusting using a soft cloth duster can help you avoid this issue. Dusting will help you remove airborne particles that can settle down on your furniture and scratch its surface.
2. Keep your furniture away from direct sunlight
Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can damage your antique furniture. Furniture with clear finishing will become yellow over time. Additionally, harsh sunlight can cause the wood to dry up and crack. So, do not use your antique pieces as the patio or outdoor furniture and keep them away from areas that receive direct sunlight. If the latter is not possible, make sure you keep your blinds or curtains shut during the day.
3. Protect your furniture against insects and pests
Antique wooden furniture with fabric upholstery makes for a cozy home for pests and termites. They don’t just eat through the wood and fabric but also leave a trail of sawdust. Look out for signs of pest or termite infestation in your pieces, such as holes or sawdust, because the sooner you notice them, the easier will it be to treat them. Additionally, you must prevent moisture buildup as that also aids in infestations.
4. Use the right cleaning products
Antique furniture can be quite fragile, and the last thing you want to do is use abrasive chemical cleaners to wipe them down. Using the right product can help you preserve and enjoy your antiques for a very long time. While plain water and a soft cloth can be used to clean up dirt and dust, for tougher stains, you can use water along with a mild cleaner.
Sometime, no matter how much you take care of your pieces of antique furniture, at some point, they will require a professional touch, whether it is to replace the upholstery or repair a broken part. Contact A Phoenix Art Woodworks for antique restoration Chicago. We offer professional furniture refinishing services, in addition, to repair services, restoration services, fabrication and more.