Restoring Your Antique Furniture. Your Guide To Best Way On How Can You Approach Restoration Project.
Restoring antique furniture is not necessarily a bad thing. Some persons are reticent about the process because they are fearful any type of restoration may devalue their priceless antique. This is not necessarily the case. In some instances restoration can be helpful especially if there is a great deal of deterioration. It really depends on the piece and also the condition. In order to assure you aren’t devaluing your item, it is recommended you attain advice from a restoration specialist. Antique restoration is not only a relaxing avocation, it can also become a profitable occupation. Here is a guide to the best way to approach a restoration project.
First, you will want to carefully remove any hardware that is affixed to the piece. This will allow your project to go much easier. Further, you’ll find upon removal of hardware from some pieces that there may be a collection of old dust and polish underneath the hardware. Therefore, when taking the hardware off, carefully remove it.
The next thing to do is clean the item. Before you do so, you’ll need to thoroughly inspect it. Areas to inspect include: a) carvings, b) moldings, c) corners located on the inside of the furniture; and d) The area wherein you removed the hardware.
Your assessment should include: a) Evaluating the condition of the piece; and b) Surmising where the greatest build-up is located. Once discerning that the piece is in reasonable condition, you may begin your project. The items you need to clean the piece include: a) Commercial furniture cleaner; b) Steel Wool extremely fine grade; c) Small toothbrush; d) A sharp dowel (pencil-sized) for crevices; e) A soft cloth; f) Furniture polish; and, g) Paper Towels
Follow the instructions on the labeling of the commercial cleaner. Also, it is important you pick a commercial product that is specific to the type of material composition of the item you are restoring. If you are not sure you have the right commercial cleaner, refer your question to a restoration specialist. Also, when cleaning the piece, ensure you work on one section at a time. Upon completing a small area, continue your efforts until the entire piece has been cleaned. Always check where you have been in order to clean the piece as thoroughly as possible.
Keep items in an environment that is not too dry or too damp. Too much humidity in a room can cause the wood to rot; and if the air is too dry, the furniture may, as well, become too dry and as a consequence shrink somewhat.
Also do not place the item in direct sunlight as the fabric may fade as a result. Do not place the item near a heating vent or near an air conditioner. Additionally, avoid placing the furniture close to a heat unit such as a stove or a fireplace. If you spill anything, make certain you have a cloth handy to wipe it up instantly. Use a lint free cloth in order to frequently dust the item you are restoring.
In summary, restorations where the furniture requires cleaning and polishing are activities you can do on a vocational or avocational basis. For anything major always consult a specialist.