How To Clean And Protect Your Antique Furniture

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The wood of your antique furniture becomes worn, cracked, faded, and scratched during its lifetime. Antique experts will tell you the finish in a piece of wood either adds to its value or takes it away. For this reason, it is important to clean, restore, and protect your antique furniture to help it maintain its beauty and value. Here are four tips for taking care of the wood finish on your antique furniture.

Don't Strip the Wood's Finish

The first rule of taking care of antique furniture is never to sand off or paint over the piece's antique finish. This destroys the original surface and finish of a furniture piece, removing its antique value. It may make the piece look nice and new again, but antique furniture is antique because it has a lifetime of wear on its surface.

Antique dealers and collectors admire the beauty of an antique piece's original finish and all the character it has collected over the years. Make sure you take the necessary steps to clean, shine, and protect your antique's surface, leaving the original finish intact. 

Clean the Furniture's Surface

As antique furniture sits in your home, it collects a layer of dirt, dust, and grime that you will need to clean off with regular liquid dish soap and warm water. Mix one or two squirts of liquid dish soap in a bowl of warm water, as you would use to wash dishes. Wet a cloth with the mixture and wipe the cloth over your furniture finish until it is clean.

If your furniture has greasy or oily residue on its surface, clean it with mineral spirits and a soft cloth. Rub the surface grime repeatedly until the grime comes off on the cloth. Make sure to rotate the cloth as it gets soiled so you don't reapply the grime back onto the furniture.

Repair Scratches in the Wood

If your antique furniture has any deep gouges, you can repair these without ruining the furniture's finish. After you have cleaned the surface of your furniture, use a furniture stain marker that matches the rest of the finish, and color in the gouge. Then, fill in the gouge with a stick of furniture wax. Smooth the furniture wax over with the edge of a credit card, the buff it into the wood with a cloth.

You can also use a raw walnut to help conceal a gouge or scratch in your furniture. Crack the walnut and rub the broken end over the scratch, then polish the area with a soft rag until the scratch becomes invisible.

Protect the Furniture's Surface

The worst solution you can apply to your furniture is anything containing oil. Many furniture polishes contain oil that will soak into your wood and cause it to oxidize and turn black. You do not need to oil your wood when it becomes dry with age. 

Paste wax is one of the best types of products to apply to your antique furniture for protecting it, especially if your furniture's finish is deteriorating. Wax will seal in the wood and its finish, protecting it from any moisture in the environment, spills, stains, and scratches. A paste wax will give your furniture a long-lasting shine while it protects its surface.

A good coat of wax on your antique furniture can last for approximately three to five years until you will need to reapply it. You may need to reapply wax once a year to places on your antique furniture that get heavy use, such as the wooden arms of chairs. And, because you aren't having to reapply paste wax every few months, you won't get a waxy buildup because you only apply it when your furniture needs it.

Make sure you go to sites and take care of your antique furniture well by using these four tips.

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13 April 2015

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