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Preserving Antique Furniture

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You would want to preserve a valuable item of antique furniture, especially if it is being passed down by the past generations of your family. They possess intricate carvings, vintage materials, and sophisticated designs, so it’s just right to do your best preserving them.

Environment

Like humans, antique furniture can also be vulnerable to UV or ultraviolet rays from the sun. It speeds up its degradation, whether it is made from wood or fabric. Therefore, avoid putting items where direct sunlight can hit them. If it is near big windows, make sure to install shades or curtains to block the light.

Another tip, do not put them near heating and air-conditioning vents, fireplaces, stoves, and the like. It has been proven to cause shrinking, resulting in loosening glued joints, inlays, marquetry, and veneers.

You may not know that your antique furniture can also get damaged with a high amount of air moisture. If you have wooden pieces, humidity may cause the wood to expand and contract, resulting in loosening glued joints, and stuck drawers, and doors. And if you do not solve this problem as soon as possible, it will result in the development of mold and the infestation of rot and insects in the furniture. An effective way to solve this problem is to use a humidifier or dehumidifier to control the humidity and the effects of moisture to your furniture.

Insects and Pests

Whatever type of antique furniture you have—wood, leather, fabric, or upholstery, none of them are exempted from being an attraction to insects and small pests.

One of the worst enemies of antique wood furniture is Powderpost beetles and termites which leave holes in the items and saw dust and below them. You should consult and exterminator immediately before it affects the whole furniture and the other antique items that you’ve probably placed near it.

Cockroaches can also cause damages to the finish of the furniture since they feed on the increase of body oils, dirt, and grease on the surfaces. They can also affect the insides with their feces.

Cleaning and Polishing

Moisture does affect an antique furniture, however, there is also a condition where an item can also lack from it. Therefore, avoid storing them in hot dry areas, like your home’s attic.

Also, avoid using oils to improve the appearance of your time, since they speed up the degradation of the finish. Instead, use a quality-made paste wax, which doesn’t just protect your furniture from moisture, but also to dust build up.

Handling and Moving

Before moving your vintage furniture, check for loosening or damaged joints. Whether small or big, you should never drag your valuable furniture across the floor. Also, if the items have shelves, doors, and drawers, it is best to remove them before moving them.

Refinishing

The finish of a vintage furniture is also as valuable as the item itself. Constant stripping and refinishing can also remove the original coating as well. Before using a table saw, make sure to consult an expert first.

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