About 3 times a month I will get a call, usually by someone who is quite upset, asking if I would be able to come over and touch up damage on the top of a formal dining room table. When I ask what has happened they explain that the chandelier or a part of the chandelier has fallen on their table. What most commonly has happened is that someone decided to clean the chandelier and discovered they can spin it on it base. This allowed them to stand at the side of the table and simply spin the chandelier to clean it, one arm at a time.
The process involved in restoring antique furniture could take many different avenues depending on the condition of your furniture. Possible actions could be:
- milling of a new piece
- gluing loose joints
- replacing part of the veneer
- repairing broken parts
- tightening up moldings
For example, take the antique mahogany card table below. It was damaged over the years due to the sun.
How is that vanity that your great great grandmother had looking? Or how about that desk that has been in the family for generations? Almost everyone has at least one antique that has been in their family for generations that brings you back to memories of lost relatives. Those memories are precious and irreplaceable making it vital to restore and preserve your antique furniture.
- Don’t use water or water based products to clean your furniture. (Well, unless it is Formica or plastic.)
- Don’t use sponges or paper towels, they are too abrasive. (If a furniture sales person tells you that you can clean something with a sponge, soap and water, walk out.)
- Don’t use citrus based products. They are too strong.
- Don’t use ammonia to clean furniture.