How to Care for your Antiques

Antiques are valuable. They are items that connect us to the past; items that remind us of certain events, occasions or even certain someone in our lives. Even if you just purchased your antique item and you do not hold any sentiment to it, it is still necessary that you keep it always in an optimal condition. Not only it will last for more centuries to come, but it will also retain or even improve their value for years to come.

Here are some of the ways to care for your antiques.

Properly Store Your Antiques

UV rays can destroy antiques, so keep them away from direct sunlight. If not, your item will face discoloration. Sunlight can also cause materials to dry out and to fade and crack, especially if exposed too long on a regular basis.

And it’s not a great idea to store your antiques in a cold, dark place either. In this scenario, your item can, instead of facing the issues we outlined earlier, collect moisture and mold, severely impacting the item’s stability, durability and integrity.

Keep it Free from Dust

Dust could destroy an antique’s finish. In order to preserve it, you have to ensure that you are keeping it dust free and polished on a regular basis. In addition to that, for your antique furniture, dusting prevents any unwanted odors from sticking in. Also, use natural polish to keep chemicals from affecting and damaging the item’s finish. Avoid polishes with silicone as they can ruin the appearance of the antique wood by giving it an unnatural modern look.

Don’t Touch the Finish

If you are a true antique aficionado, you know that wooden antiques are best left unmodified. This is due to the fact that they are often treated with a variety of finishes by their original owners or makers and that’s one of the things that makes them fascinating. Therefore, it is important to treat the finish of your item before applying polish or wax.

Cleaning Your Antique

Decide whether the antique can be cleaned or not. Believe it or not a cleansed antique might have a lower value than an unclean one. Some collectors prefer to see an antique in its full, original, raw and untouched glory.

Now that you are certain that the item can be cleaned, first, determine how to clean it and check the condition of the time before proceeding.

Before you start cleaning, make sure you check if there is any wear on varnishes and finishes. If there is, then you’d have to do a different approach in cleaning your antiques. For example, if the finish is worn off, then you’ll have to deal with an untreated wood, which is very vulnerable. A wrong move may damage or potentially severely lower the value of your item. Best way to do this is to contact a professional, such as us because this is a sensitive matter to handle.

Sometimes, all you need to do is to dust off your item. Then, rub it with a dry cloth to remove surface grease. You might be surprised that it’s all you needed to make it clean again.

Fixing Damages

Sometimes, you might find that a dent, chip or any damage that’s on your antique is best left unfixed, especially if they add something to the item’s story. In addition to that, you might also find that dirt had hidden away scratches and dents in wooden antiques, though, you might decide to leave them alone too. In the end, it’s best not to severely alter how the antique look like.

However, there are cases where you need restoration jobs. The only way to make this a success is by contacting a professional to do it for you, like Kuttner Antiques.