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21 May 2015

How to take care of your antique furniture

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by Gaby Smith - 2 Comments
How to take care of your antique furniture

There is something mysterious about antique furniture that gives off a certain energy or feeling when around these items. They remind us of days long past, loved family members or romanticized ideas of ages before our generation. When taking care of your antique furniture you may think liquid pledge or fancy finishes will do the trick just fine. In actuality, these priceless and sentimental items need a little more love and care than modern day furniture. The environment, your system for cleaning and polishing as well as other factors must be considered to retain the brilliance and integrity of these antiques. Maybe sitting in the window at your antique desk is a great spot to escape the everyday bustle of everyday life. Writing in a journal or reading a good book is something that can be done when utilizing your historic belongings. Maybe you just like to leave the furnishing untouched for admiring near that window. But, UV and ultraviolet light can damage the finishes, wood and even fabric. Most of the time a clear finish may have originally been used on these items. Sunlight can yellow the look of the wood, sometimes turning the old finish a sore opaque looking color. I recommend either placing a curtain over that window or finding a new home for the furnishing. Excessive heat or cold from central heating and air may cause other unsightly damages to your vintage accessory. Shrinking and loose glue joints are a couple symptoms of antiques exposed to extreme temperature. So, please avoid locations in your home such as vents, radiators, fireplaces and stoves. Now, most people believe that wood needs to be fed with oils to keep moisture. This is indeed a myth. Wood does not become dry from lack of oil but from lack of moisture. It seems that a hot dry attic is a typical stereotype of where you may find antique furniture, but this area is one of the hottest and driest to store your items. Silicone based products should not be used, they penetrate through the surface. And, instead of caking on oils to get that deep luster of wood, using a past wax is actually the best way to maintain appearance. There are also some other issues to consider when taking care of

your antique furniture. Bugs and other rodents may have caused you some problems. Refinishing, moving or even handling your cargo can cause damage. Some more information regrading these details may be found [here][1]. [1]: http://www.furniturecaretips.com/antique-furniture.htm

Gaby Smith

Gaby Smith

Gaby, a practicing nomad, has been an entertainment buff for decades. She has published articles in US Weekly and is a member of several of lifestyle blogs including Jaribo. She currently lives in Rumford, Maine, with her husband, three kids and two dogs.

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2 Comments

  1. Edward James says:

    Thanks James. My hobby is antique furniture and I do my best to keep them in good condition all the time.

  2. Elaine Vocelli says:

    Edward – I want to get some antique chairs for my house. But they’re all so expensive. Do you have some tips on how I can find some great antique deals and not have to pay so much.

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