Spring is a time for renewal, rejuvenation, and refreshing our living spaces. One great way to do this is by deep cleaning your home. Maintaining a tidy and clean living space is a crucial aspect of home upkeep. If you’re an enthusiastic antique collector or you’ve recently inherited a piece of vintage furniture from your parents or grandparents, it’s important to know how to clean a variety of surfaces and materials properly.
Restore your antique furniture back to its full glory by following our expert tips on how to repair, clean, and care for your treasured pieces.
As you’re probably aware, antique furniture comes with its quirks and what we like to call ‘character.’ Be it those scratches from the family cat or a water ring from a forgotten glass, pieces that have stood the test of time will eventually show signs of daily wear. It's important to identify any issues with your antique furniture and to repair them as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Take some time out of your spring cleaning schedule to look for scratches, loose joints, or broken pieces on your beloved pieces.
Before diving into making the repairs yourself, consider consulting an expert. Too often antique furniture is completely re-sanded and refinished, completely diminishing its value. Did you know that Ski Country has an in-house restoration expert? If the task seems too big to tackle on your own, or you’re uncertain about what steps to take, reach out to us!
For the most part, avoid using water on wood furniture. It can damage the finish, remove beneficial wax polish and disrupt the natural patina that has built up over the years. If absolutely necessary, a damp cloth can be used but take care to fully dry the area afterward.
Use a soft-bristled brush, microfiber or other soft cloth to remove any dirt and dust.
Avoid using harsh chemicals, sprays, or oils. The ingredients in these products build up over time, creating an unsightly residue and can actually attract more dust.
Wax! Learn more about why you should wax your antique pieces in our comprehensive guide.