The original finish on antique furniture always needs to be preserved. Using a wax finish is the best way to do that since it is quite easy to apply and will remove old dirt and your antique furniture’s finish will be kept looking attractive. However, before you get started, always make sure that the surface is dry and clean, and use a cloth to thoroughly clean the surface.
Wormwood and Antique Furniture
When most people see wormwood holes in furniture they panic. However, just because you see holes doesn’t always mean there are live woodworms or that they are spreading throughout your furniture and house. Most people can treat their own antique furniture quite easily unless it has such a bad infestation that the furniture has been structurally weakened. If that is the case, then you should consult with a reputable antique furniture restoration company in Essex for professional advice
If there is just slight woodworm damage with the normal small holes, usually the most effective thing that can be done is to buy a commercial woodworm killing fluid that works quite well due to the modern liquids contained in them. Normally, you will need to inject into the hole directly or paint over the affected areas. There are some bottles that have an injecting nozzle and usually, they work the best since you just insert the nozzle directly into the hole and then spray the liquid inside. The entire affected area should be treated where holes are visible and then maybe retreat in a few days as a precaution. We also recommend that you brush the liquid across the entire area to be safe. Also, make sure to wear gloves since it is very nasty stuff that you don’t want to get on your skin.
Cracks and Holes
Antique furniture frequently has lots of wear and tear from use and aging. It is quite common for there to be old woodworm holes and cracks from shrinkage that arise due to variations in temperature. It is sometimes easy to fix these by using repair king wax sticks. These are available in various colours so that can get the colour that matches your wood the closest and if it isn’t quite right then you can try mixing two of them together first by warming up the wax in your hand. Before the wax stick is applied, warm it with your hand then use the provided plastic spatula. Scrape some wax off the stick and firmly press it into the crack or hole. Scrape any excess wax off and then rub it smooth using soft cardboard paper. After the crack or holes are filled, then use a high-quality furniture wax to put over the top. Some individuals like seeing honest cracks and marks since they are original to the furniture and comes with it, but if this is something that bothers you then this inexpensive and simple method can be used to fix the issue and it doesn’t damage your furniture as long as you do it properly.
Annoying Paint Marks
If your piece has any wet paint on it, then the first thing that you will want to do is immediately wipe it off whilst it is wet still and easy to remove.
If it is acrylic or emulsion paint then you should take a clean rag and add a small dose of methylated spirit to your cloth. Then place the cloth on top of the area for a few minutes, and then perhaps put the cloth on the pain for about twenty minutes before removing the cloth. Then use a soft piece of wood or your fingernail to scrape the paint off gently. The paint will often penetrate into the polish and you may end up with bare wood patches. The easiest way this can be resolved is to dampen cotton wool very slightly with white spirit and gently rub over over that area and the surrounding areas using a circular motion. This white spirit will dissolve into the old polish layers and after it dries the polish will also dry and the area will be reformed so that it is polished now. After the polish has dried and reformed, rub some furniture or wax in gently using a soft cloth.