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Taking Care of Your Antique Wooden Furniture

17th April 2019

 

Is there anything better than a lovely, antique piece of wood? Older pieces have a warmth and a glow to them that new wooden furniture just doesn’t have. That’s called a ‘patina’, and takes many years to develop and build up. With some kinds of wood, it can even take centuries! Even if the surface gets marked or scuffed, all of it add to the character and charm of the piece. But without proper treatment and care, the wood can get damaged easily, sometimes beyond repair. So if you’re lucky enough to own a piece of antique wooden furniture, you’ll want to make sure you can take care of it. To get you started, we have a few tips for you.

Wax It Often

That gorgeous patina we talked about? That needs some maintenance to keep it looking good and building up. You can do this by waxing your antique wooden furniture regularly. A good natural beeswax is your best option, as this will protect the surface, nourish the wood further down and bring out the colour of the grain. It also provides the best protection, unlike modern spray polishes with can actually damage the wood over time. The waxing itself is simple – put a small amount of the wax on a soft clean, lint free cloth, and rub in in the direction of the grain until the surface shines. If the wood has become dry over time, then the wax will soak in very quickly. If it does this, keep applying until that nice shine sticks around. You should look to polish your wooden furniture every few months, and dust it in-between to encourage a hard wax skin that protect the surface.

Think About Positioning

For most people antique wooden furniture is something to be displayed in the home, not hidden away in a spare room somewhere. But be careful where you choose to put it. Just because that antique rocking chair looks best by the window, doesn’t mean it’s the best place for it to live. Long periods in direct sunlight will start to bleach the wood, making the piece an uneven colour. Exposure to high heat can crack the wood, or make the veneer lift off in pieces. Central heating dries the wood out, so it will need waxing more often to protect it. So many environmental factors can affect your antique wooden furniture, so it’s important to think about where you keep it. Ideally you want it to be out of direct sunlight, in a room with a fairly stable temperature and humidity that is well ventilated.

Moving And Handling

Moving house is statistically when most furniture will become damaged or broken. Squeezing things through narrow doorways or transporting them in crowded vans are all a part of the moving process. But not for antique wooden furniture. Antique furniture should be treated with care and respect, moved gently and as little as possible. If you have to move your furniture, make sure you have two people to move it to avoid dragging and chipping. Never tilt an antique chair back on its legs, as this can damage the joints, and instead use castors or furniture glides to protect the base. Always lift from the lowest part o the frame, and remove any drawers before moving units. This might all seem simple, but rough handling is still one of the major causes of antique wooden furniture damage.

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, antique wooden furniture can become damaged. But that doesn’t mean it’s lost forever. A good furniture restorer will be able to repair your damaged pieces, matching their unique style and often making the repair undetectable. This takes a lot of time, equipment and skill, so is best left to the professionals. For more information, to enquire about restoring a piece, or for more tips on caring for your antique wooden furniture, just get in touch with the team at Abbey Group today.

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