Caring for Your Precious Antiques

Caring for Your Precious Antiques
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    While having a set of classic furniture within the home adds a certain sense of style and tradition to your household, you will need to take the proper precautions to make sure that everything is looked after in the right manner.

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Here, we will look at a few ways in which you can maintain your antiques so that they retain their appearance and functionality for longer.

Habits of the Cloth

When taking care of your antiques on your own, you will need to dust and polish them on a regular basis. Dusting should be done as often as is feasible using a soft cloth so that the surfaces are not scratched.

Only polish your furniture twice a year using a natural bees’ wax formula. Avoid spray polishes as these can damage the wooden surfaces and reduce the value of your antiques. Once polished, you should leave it to set overnight and then buff it in the morning.

A Comfortable Environment

You should also monitor the conditions of your home, especially when it comes to humidity and temperature. Make sure that your interiors are cool and dry so that your antiques retain their condition for longer. Your home shouldn’t be too dry though, as this can also damage the wood. If heating or cooling your household, do this gradually as sudden changes can warp the furniture, making it unattractive and lowering the value at the same time. These sudden changes are also likely to occur when moving to a new home that is in an entirely different climate.

Relocation Planning

Speaking of moving residences, you will need to get in touch with a reliable mover who knows exactly how to get your classic furniture from one place to another without running the risk of damage. Here, it may be helpful to pay a bit more to get a higher standard of service. This is especially true for as you will be transporting your furniture over long distances, possibly to a different sort of climate. In this case, you will need the help of an expert who really knows what they are doing so that your antiques are taken care of throughout the journey.

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The Sunny Side of Life

Back at home, you should always check on the amount of sunlight that your furniture receives on a day-to-day basis. This is because an excessive amount can cause several detrimental effects including:

  • Faded fabric colours and wooden finishes
  • Drier furniture materials which are more brittle
  • Less durable fabric, wood and other materials

To reduce these effects, you should keep the curtains drawn as much as possible. If you really need sunlight, you will have to rotate your antiques around to even out the fading process. This will also prevent the materials from getting too worn down and brittle through excessive sunlight throughout the day.

Conduct Regular Inspections

You should look over your classic pieces of furniture on a regular basis to make sure that there is no damage. Check to see that the veneer is still in place. You can do this by tapping your antiques and listening for a hollow sound. You should also keep an eye out for loose joints, mould, water damage and other unwanted stains and scratches.

If you need to repair your furniture, always choose someone who specialises in antiques. Take the time out to find an experienced restoration expert and be willing to pay a bit more for their services. This is because cheaper repair jobs may only last for a short time and may actually devalue your antique items through shoddy workmanship and materials.

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