Antique furniture should maintain its original finish and one of the best ways to achieve this includes using wax finishes or a good quality furniture oil which is simple to apply. The wax will also work on gently cleaning away any of the old dirt that has accumulated on the furniture as well as keep your antique pieces looking attractive. Before you begin, always make sure the surfaces are dry and clean and use a soft cloth to clean your furniture.
Woodworm And Antique Furniture
Many people start to panic when they see holes made by woodworm in their antique furniture pieces, yet these holes won’t always mean that the worm is still alive or spreading to other pieces of furniture around your home. It is easy to treat most furniture pieces, unless the piece has become badly infested or structurally weakened. If your furniture is badly damaged from woodworm, you may need to get rid of it or you can contact someone from an antique furniture restorer in Essex for advice.
When the damage from woodworm is slight, with small holes, the best solution is to buy a woodworm commercial killing fluid which is much more effective. In most cases you will need to inject the fluid into the holes or paint over the surface. There are products that feature injecting nozzles, which are the easiest to use as all you need to do is insert the provided nozzle into your holes and carefully squeeze in the liquid. It is advisable to treat the entire area that has been affected, where you can visibly see the holes. You should also re-treat the areas as a precaution after a couple of days. It is recommended to brush the solution over the entire area. You should also be wearing gloves as the solution is often harsh and you do not want it to come into contact with your skin.
Cracks And Holes
Antique furniture will often go through general wear-and-tear due to how old it is, and it is usual to see a few small holes caused from years of use, old woodworm or even cracks caused from shrinkage from temperature variations. These small holes and cracks are often easy to repair with King-Wax sticks. These come in various colours, so to obtain the closest colour of your wood, you may need to mix 2 together by warming the wax inside your hands.
Before you apply the wax, warm it up in your hands, followed by using the provided spatula. Scrape a bit of the wax off and then press the warmed wax firmly inside the crack or hole. Scrape the excess wax away with a soft piece of cardboard and then rub the area smooth making sure you do not pull out the wax. When the crack or the hole is filled, follow up with a good quality wax over the surface. Some people enjoy the honest cracks and marks in the furniture as it is associated with the original piece. But if the holes and cracks are bothering you, this is one of the most inexpensive and simple ways to remedy these issues without causing any damage to your furniture.
When possible, immediately remove wet paint from your antique furniture by wiping it away while it is still easy to remove. If the paint is acrylic or an emulsion, dip a clean cloth in methylated spirits. Hold the cloth to the paint stain for a minute or two before removing the cloth. Now gently scrape away the paint using a piece of softwood or your fingernail.
In some cases, the paint will penetrate into the polish which results in bare patches of wood. One remedy for this problem is to dampen cotton wool using a white spirit along with gently rubbing the area and the surrounding area using small circular motions. The spirits dissolve the existing polish layer and when it starts to dry the old polish will also dry and then reform over these areas. Once the polish has dried and reformed, rub a furniture oil or wax over the area using a clean and soft rag or cloth.