Now that you have your family heirloom restored, you want to make sure you take proper care of it. Antiques require special handling, especially those constructed from wood. Wood is particularly susceptible to damage caused by improper handling. To keep your family heirloom in pristine condition, here are a few handling tips you'll need to follow.
Protect Against Damage
You might not realize this but antique wood furniture can be damaged by conditions that would be considered normal under most circumstances. For instance, extreme temperatures, exposure to the sun, and even moisture can ruin your family heirloom.
Heat and Cold
If you're going to have your antique wood furniture displayed in your home, it's important that you place it in an area where it won't be exposed to heat or cold. To protect your furniture, avoid areas near heating and air conditioner vents or fireplaces. Exposure to the extreme temperatures will ruin your furniture. It's also important that you avoid placing your furniture in front of windows. The sun can cause your wood to fade and rot.
Moisture can also wreak havoc on your antique wood furniture. If your furniture will be on display, be sure to avoid placing cups on the surface. If spills do occur on your wood furniture, be sure to dry the liquid up thoroughly and buff the area with a soft cloth. If you live in a region that experiences high levels of humidity, you should install a dehumidifier in your home.
Keep the Wood Clean
When it comes to caring for your antique wood furniture, it's important to remember that dirt and dust should be avoided at all costs.
Dust can destroy the finish on your wood furniture, especially if you live in a sandy region of the country. To protect your family heirloom, you should dust it at least once a week using a soft, lint-free cloth. Wash your cloth after each use to prevent scratches on your wood surface.
To preserve the luster of your antique wood furniture, you should provide a protective coating of wax at least once a year. To make it easier to remember, add it to your list of spring-cleaning jobs. The best way to wax your furniture is by using beeswax and cheese cloth. Moving with the grain of the wood, apply a thin layer of wax to the surface of your furniture. Once you have a thin layer applied, use a clean, soft cloth to buff your furniture.
Keep your family heirloom looking beautiful by following the special handling instructions provided here. A furniture restoration professional can provide more tips.