Furniture was made through the Georgian and Victorian periods! At that time joints were constructed and glued – not stapled or nailed together like modern pieces. Timber was properly seasoned, so is less likely to warp; and the finish applied, created to resist marks, hardens with time. Caring for your antique furniture is very simple, you just need to pay little attention and care about it.
Keep out of direct sunlight
Direct sunlight not only fades furniture but may also cause a polished surface to blister in a brief space of time; so wherever possible place your furniture away from straight sunlight.
Beware of Radiators
Place the antique furniture with a maximum distance from radiator units as it can create a trouble if you put the furniture directly in front of it.
Keep a check on humidity levels
Low humidity can have a damaging impact on antique furniture. Wood is a flexible medium, and if it will dry out excessively, may shrink and crack. Fortunately, with the help of ‘hygrometer’, we can easily check humidity level. The humidity of around about 45% is ideal.
Wax every 3 to 4 months
Waxing too often will give a sticky surface which attracts dirt! Hence based on requirement (which is generally after 3 or 4 months), apply a skinny layer of any good quality beeswax based polish with a cloth, then buff up very hard with a smooth cloth or brush; this will help to maintain a gorgeous coating.
Polish that brass-work!
Glowing & shining handles can lift your antiques more than any other stuff. Many brass items are coated with a protective material to stop them from tarnishing. This coating fails over the years and the tarnish gets under the coating. In order to polish the item, you need to remove the coating and simply use a small amount of good old brasso and buff up your item.