Vintage furniture can add charm and character to any home, but caring for it requires a bit of knowledge and effort. If you are fortunate enough to own some vintage furniture, you want to make sure it stays in good condition for years to come. Here are some tips on how to care for your vintage furniture and keep it looking its best.
1. Keep it clean
The first and most important thing you can do to care for your vintage Danish furniture is to keep it clean. Dust and dirt can build up over time and cause damage to the finish. Use a soft, lint-free cloth to dust your furniture regularly. If the finish is particularly dirty, you can use a mild detergent and water to clean it. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the finish.
2. Protect it from the sun
Sunlight can be very damaging to vintage furniture. UV rays can cause the finish to fade or crack, and can even cause the wood to warp or split. To protect your furniture from the sun, place it in a location where it is not exposed to direct sunlight. If you have to place it in a sunny location, use curtains or blinds to block out the sun’s rays.
3. Keep it away from heat sources
Heat can also be damaging to second hand mid century furniture. Avoid placing your furniture near heat sources such as radiators or fireplaces. Extreme heat can cause the wood to warp or crack, and can damage the finish.
4. Use coasters and placemats
To protect the finish of your vintage furniture, use coasters and placemats under glasses and dishes. This will prevent water rings and stains from forming on the surface.
5. Avoid using harsh chemicals
Harsh chemicals can be very damaging to vintage Danish furniture. Avoid using bleach, ammonia, or other strong cleaning agents on your furniture. These chemicals can cause the finish to peel or discolor, and can even damage the wood itself.
6. Polish it regularly
Polishing your vintage furniture can help to protect the finish and keep it looking its best. Use a high-quality furniture polish that is designed for use on vintage furniture. Apply the polish with a soft cloth, and buff it to a shine. Be careful not to apply too much polish, as this can cause a build-up that can be difficult to remove.
7. Repair it when necessary
Vintage furniture can sometimes develop cracks or other damage over time. If you notice any damage to your furniture, it is important to repair it as soon as possible. Small cracks can be filled with wood filler, and larger cracks may need to be repaired by a professional. If the finish is damaged, it may need to be stripped and refinished.
8. Store it properly
If you need to store your second hand mid century furniture for any length of time, it is important to do so properly. Clean the furniture thoroughly, and make sure it is completely dry before storing it. Cover the furniture with a breathable cloth, and store it in a dry, cool location. Avoid storing it in a damp or humid location, as this can cause the wood to warp or split.
9. Don’t overload it
Vintage furniture is often delicate and may not be able to support heavy loads. Avoid placing heavy objects on your vintage furniture, and be careful not to overload drawers or shelves. This will help to prevent damage to the furniture over time.
10. Get professional help if necessary
If you have a valuable piece of vintage furniture that requires restoration, it is important to seek professional help. Restoring vintage furniture can be a complex process that requires specialized skills and equipment. A professional restorer can help to restore your furniture to its original condition, and can provide advice on how to care for it in the future.
In conclusion, caring for vintage furniture requires a bit of knowledge and effort, but this guide should give you a start. These pieces have lasted around half a century so let’s keep them good for another 50 years. Feel free to contact Stuart if you have any more questions re the care of your vintage pieces.