Wooden antique furniture, like old wine, is more valuable with age. It also carries with it distinct design and craftsmanship that may no longer exist today. It is no surprise then that we take extra steps to preserve our antique pieces more than we do our modern furniture.
Below are 4 of the most important care tips for antique wooden furniture so they can be handed down in perfect shape to later generations.
Using a soft cloth, immediately blot up spillages and wet rings left by drinking glasses on your antique pieces. In mild cases, just allow the blotted area to dry completely and then apply a beeswax-based polish. It usually takes a week to completely dry, but to quicken the process, you can iron a soft cloth on top of the blotted area for 10-20 seconds at a time. Just set the iron to medium heat.
For severe stains, consult restoration professionals who can treat the wood with proper materials and methods. Keep in mind that spills or stains need to be managed right away.
Protect your antique furniture from getting holes and stains caused by pests. Some of these damages can be irreparable if left ignored.
Cockroaches can fill raw wood surfaces, such as drawers or undersides, with their excrement leaving stains and foul smell. Termites and powderpost beetles also consume their way along inside the wood, causing great damage.
If D.I.Y. pest control doesn’t prove effective in eliminating these pests, immediately consult and get the services of an exterminator.
To clean the finish on your wooden antique, it’s safe to use warm water and mild liquid dishwashing soap. Avoid soaking the solution on the wood. Just wipe off dirt with an absorbent non-abrasive cloth then dry off excess moisture. An orange-based wood cleaner is also excellent to use because it is natural and non-toxic.
To enhance the look and finish of the furniture, apply a wax-based polish on the surfaces. Beeswax is a safe and natural product to use for this purpose. Just apply a thin coat of the wax and then gently buff with a cloth until a high polish is achieved.
Bring-It-On Cleaner is a wonderful product that can clean off a darkened fireplace glass -- no sweat. While this cleaner is meant to remove hard water spots on windows, shower doors, bathroom tiles, and other surfaces frequented by water drips and flows, they are just as effective on murky fireplace glasses as well. Thus, adding this to your list is a no-brainer.
Hardwood floors are timeless classics when it comes to flooring options. It enhances any living space in value and aesthetics. This type of flooring is known to be strong and durable. When maintained regularly, you can enjoy your hardwood floors for years to come.
However, you need to take extra care of your floor when you have a busy home. Daily maintenance is especially necessary when you have kids or pets. The dust, debris, and dirt that you bring from the outside can take a toil on this type of floor.
Dirty and messy floors are not only unsightly but can be damaging to the wood. When left without proper maintenance, they can be expensive to refinish, repair, or worse, replace.
Holidays are a time for family and friends. Typically, this time period involves a lot of preparation for celebrations and guests. And, that means getting your house cleaned before, during, and after the festivities.
For any host, organizing and cleaning can be daunting and exhausting. Just like any task, you will need proper planning to ensure that cleaning is efficient and no effort is wasted. When you have everything, from the basics to deep-cleaning, planned out, you will not miss any spot uncleaned.
Here is your holiday cleaning checklist.