If you have just bought some antique wood furniture, you probably want to know how to take care of it. After all, it's likely that you spent good money to acquire your furniture, so you want to make sure that you can take care of your investment and keep your furniture looking good.
Keep It Away From Windows
The UV rays found in sunlight can damage antiques. Some of the early finishes can yellow in the sun, causing your furniture to discolor and look bad. So, keep your furniture away from windows as much as possible, and if you can't do that, make sure that you have good curtains that can help block out or diffuse the light as much as possible. That will help to keep your furniture looking as good as possible for as long as possible.
Avoid Furniture Oil
For years, the suggestion was that you needed to use furniture oil on wooden antique furniture so that it wouldn't dry out. The oils were supposed to protect the wood and keep it from cracking. However, not having enough oil isn't what dries out wood. It is the lack of moisture in general that dries out the wood and causes it to crack, which is a good reason to keep your furniture away from heat sources because heat can draw the moisture out. Anyway, furniture oils don't add moisture to your wooden furniture. What they do is leave an oily residue on your furniture. That oily residue can start to attract dust and even insects and may also degrade your furniture over time. If you want to put something protective on your furniture, use a thin layer of furniture wax, using a clean, lint-free cloth to apply it.
Take Care of Spills
If you want your furniture to stay looking good, you want to make sure that there are no spills on it. If something does spill on it, then you want to quickly blot it or dry it off. That way, the varnish doesn't get discolored and the wood doesn't get damaged in any way. If you can't get to it immediately because you don't know about it or for some other reason and the wood does become damaged, don't try to repair it yourself. Call an expert to make sure that your furniture is restored and repaired correctly.
If you have antique furniture, you want to make sure that it stays looking good. There are things you can do that will do that.