TLC Tips for Your Antiques

Humidity

Keep your home humidified.  Leave toilets open and run showers, humidifiers, dishwasher and washer/direr as much as possible.  Air conditioning , electric heat and our dry mountain climate are harsh on wood and finishes. 

Waxing Done Correctly

Frequent waxing keeps furniture in good condition, but hire a professional.  Multiple thin, hand-rubbed layers created the ideal patina, and annual treatment is recommended to maintain the moisture in the wood. 

Prevent Excess Drying

If you are not using the drawers in your furniture, a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine can be used to prevent excess drying. Apply to underside of tables or insides of cabinetry. Use carefully, as linseed oil can damage fabrics or linens.

Old Wax Can Be Removed

Stripping your antique furniture can permanently take the life out of the finish. Old wax can be removed and reapplied without using harsh chemicals. If you must strip, use a professional who knows the period, value and proper treatment of antiques.

Cracks Can Be Filled

A trained and experienced professional can fill dry cracks duplicate the original grain of the wood and refinished without leaving a trace.

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