An antique piece of wood provides more warmth and glow than newer pieces. This is one of the reasons anyone with antique wooden furniture will strive to keep it in the best condition possible and get help from furniture restoration Essex when needed. The warmth and glow in antique furniture is also known as ‘patina‘ and takes ages to develop and build. It might even take centuries for certain types of wood for the patina to develop. Wooden surfaces are prone to scratching. Although the furniture might have accumulated scratches over time, this only adds the charm, beauty and character of an antique.
Without proper care and maintenance, this furniture can be damaged beyond repair. If you already have a piece of antique furniture in the house, it would be advisable to take proper care of it. You will be surprised how much longer it will last, and even become a main feature in the house. Here are a few tips and ideas on how to care for antique furniture.
1. Keep the Surface Waxed All the Time
This doesn’t only apply to antiques, all wooden furniture and surfaces should be waxed regularly to improve their look and feel, as well as durability. Proper waxing also encourages the development of patina too. Be sure to choose the best quality wax for waxing. Experts recommend natural beeswax, especially for antique furniture. Natural beeswax provides the nourishment required for the wood grain to bring out its colour, as well as protect the surface from elements such as moisture. The modern-day wax spray isn’t as effective as beeswax and even tends to damage the wood grain over time.
The process of waxing your furniture is relatively easy. All you need is a clean, soft, lint-free cloth and a little wax. Rub the wax in the grain’s direction until it produces shine. Drier wood might take some time to provide the desired shine – keep rubbing the wax until satisfied. Waxing alone isn’t enough to protect your furniture. You still need to polish the wooden surface regularly to ensure the wax creates a protective cover.
2. Be Careful With Its Positioning
Antique wooden furniture is made for display. Don’t hide it in the bedroom or the garage. You however need to be careful where you place the furniture. Although the antique might look great by the window, you will be exposing it to harmful UV rays which could degrade the grain. If you have to keep it by the window, ensure it isn’t in direct contact with sunlight. Direct sunlight will cause the wood to lose the patina and colour if exposed for too long.
Protect the furniture from high heat as well. This might sound almost impossible with the central heater left ON all the time. Keeping the furniture away from the vents might help reduce exposure to high heat. If this doesn’t seem possible, you might then be forced to keep waxing the furniture to prevent it from …