antique arm chair

How To Take Care Of Your Antique Arm Chair

Owning a great piece of antique furniture brings a certain kind of glow to your living room. Not only will it inject a certain air of history into your surroundings, but it also affords you a sense of affluence, because, well, antique furniture cost a fortune. However, how your antique furniture performs aesthetically and maintains its durability depends on how you care for it.

How do you take care of your antique arm chair, then? This article contains a few guidelines which you can follow.

First up, never EVER use furniture spray cleaning products to make your antique arm chair shine. Simply wiping it with a soft dry cloth will do the trick. It could take a while to get that shine you want, as opposed to simply spraying it with Pledge, but you’re sure to better preserve your antique arm chair’s quality this way. Also, if your arm chair was not really meant to by shiny, don’t force it, or you’ll just ruin its intrinsic beauty.

Second, do not use coarse items to clean your furniture. This means feather dusters are out of the picture. The broken feathers could nick your antique arm chair and cause unwanted marks. While these marks can make your furniture look more antique than ever, it could open up pockets in the woodwork that can cause decay.

Third, do not scrimp on the wax. Antique furniture is expensive, so you should only complement it with top quality products, otherwise, you’ll be defeating the purpose. There are high quality beeswax that may be imported from England. However, if you don’t have enough money to import good wax, just wipe the arm chair with a cotton cloth.

Fourth, handle your antique arm chair gently. Because it’s an antique, chances are, no replacement parts are available. If an inlay gets loose, keep it in a safe place until somebody, an expert on fixing antique furniture, comes. Do not attempt to do the reworking yourself if you have no idea how. With antique furniture, ‘winging it’ will not cut it.

Finally, antique furnitures have to be placed in certain temperatures only to preserve their value. If your house is dry during the winter, you should get a humidifier. Conversely, if its too humid in the summer, you should get an air conditioner.

The satisfaction with an antique piece of furniture does not end after you buy it. Because antiques’ value grow over time, these items require meticulous and continuous care. Antiques, therefore, are like humans. They become greater with age.