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Gold Label Vintage

Caring for vintage furniture :: MCM Timbers and Veneers

Posted by Emma S on

We meet many people who are a little intimidated by purchasing vintage furniture, because they are unsure of how to look after it… or too scared to actually sit in that chair because it looks so good!

While vintage furniture should be treated with the respect it deserves, it’s worth noting that something that has survived the last 50 odd years or so is not usually delicate and can withstand general use without detracting from its value too much… with a little regular care.

Let’s start with one of the most popular types of vintage furniture…

Mid century teak or original oil finished timbers

Teak, blackwood, queensland maple, coachwood, blackbean etc do require regular feeding of furniture oil / wax or they start to look tired and thirsty.

We use Howards Products Orange Oil Wax, in our warehouse on our sale products and also in our own home. It’s a great product but if you find it hard to get, any hardware store will have a nice quality furniture oil or wax.

Danish/Scandinavian Oils usually require sanding before use, so unless your piece really needs in depth help a regular wax will suffice. Plus if there is even a slight amount of buildup on your piece Danish Oil will produce an unsightly cloudy effect.

So go and get some furniture wax.

I’m sure you will have been giving your furniture a regular dust and vacuum (ahem). Give your piece a quick once over to remove dust.  Use a clean rag (old towels cut up are great) to apply your wax. If your piece has intricate corners or hard to get into places, you can use an old toothbrush with a little wax on it to get in there.

Don’t be shy… work the wax in nicely. If your timber is looking a little thirsty, you’ll see improvement immediately.

Best to let it sit for a bit.

Go and have a cup of coffee.

Use a clean rag to buff all the wax off thoroughly.

There you go, your sideboard or armchair should be looking all sparkly again.

A regular wax helps to repel stains and marks, but you should always be careful of using coasters and the like, particularly with veneer over particleboard pieces.

If you are unsure about how to care for your vintage furniture, you are welcome to drop us a line via email, or connect on facebook so we can help.

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