How to Clean Antique Furniture
Posted on Dec 7 2012 at 02:17:27 AM in How-To
Many people are simply afraid of cleaning any antique furniture. This is due to the fact, that they believe, that they can damage it if they use some common methods. Well, they are wrong. Most mild cleaning solutions, either home made or commercial, as well as some simple wood waxes can be used on old antique furniture, with no danger of damaging it. Here I will tell you about some of the methods that I use for cleaning wood furniture.
First of all a little water cannot do harm to the furniture. Just as long as you don't soak the furniture in it. Pour some on a cloth and wipe the furniture from any dust on it. This will also remove any mild stains. If you have tougher stains you can add a few drops of mild dish soap to the water. This is also perfectly safe for the furniture.
For sticky stains Fantastic Cleaners advise that you mix up a paste of baking soda and lemon juice. Test this stuff at the bottom of the foot of a given furniture piece to determine it's safety, but it should be completely harmless. Use this paste to remove any sticky, oily and greasy stains and spots on the furniture. Such as chewing gum, ink, cooking oil, likewise.
Many people actually do harm to their antique furniture by putting too much wax on it. The wax needs to be applied twice a year. The only exception is when the furniture is being used often, like an old dining table. Then you may wax it up to 4 times a year. Even when applying wax, many people miss the point of it.
The most common mistake that cleaners in Kingston notice is that people apply the wax from the middle of the table surface, moving towards the edges. This is wrong, since the edges of the table are the ones that receive the most traffic. The middle, on the other hand, tends to preserve the wax and coating that it has for longer time. The advice of the cleaners in this case is to apply the wax around the edges first, and then just a little bit on the middle, and only if it's absolutely necessary.