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Gold Label Vintage

:: Furniture Care

Care of vintage furniture

So. Now you have purchased this amazing vintage piece… it has arrived in your home and is now being used… gah! How do you keep it in great condition?

Some items have obvious care requirements, such as leather or glass, others you may need a little advice for. Let us help…



Teak Furniture & Timber Surfaces in Natural Finish

1960s/70s teak furniture is like a hungry beast.

It must be fed.

Feeding will stop your veneers and timbers from drying out and looking tired and also help to repel marks or stains.

We use and recommend Howards Products, whose Orange Oil wax does a wonderful job and is suitable for all types of timber in natural finish.

In reality, all hardware shops have a type of timber oil. True Danish/Scandinavian Oils usually require a light sand to apply, but any good quality Orange or Natural Oil will feed your timber.

Depending on the level of use, you can feed your timber as often as it suits you - ie a dining table surface will see more use than a sideboard. It is best NOT to wait until the timber is looking thirsty.

Never use aerosol products – they create a nasty build up on your natural timber that can start to “cloud” and look unattractive.


Timber with lacquer Finish

Again, it is best not to use aerosols. A soft microfiber cloth to remove dust is really all that’s required for this type of finish.


Velvet Upholstery

Protect with 3M Scotchguard. Many of our items leave our warehouse having been scotchguarded, this type of treatment is detailed in our descriptions.

Scotchguard needs a top up every now and then. You can purchase cans from most supermarkets. Depending on usage level of the item, this is worth doing in three/six/twelve month intervals.

Remember you are dealing with vintage fabric. Do not spray too close… Follow the directions, as well as spot testing in a discreet area (underneath for example).

Once scotchguarded, your gorgeous piece is fairly well protected.

However. Sometimes things happen.

If a spill happens, you must attend to it immediately. Use a damp cloth (not wet, damp) and always wipe with the GRAIN of the velvet. Usually this is down or towards you.

Baby wipes are fantastic for giving your velvet a quick clean. ALWAYS wipe with the grain and don’t press so hard that you wet the fabric, or you could create watermarks.


Still not sure?

Get in touch with us. If your item has arrived and you are still not sure – give Emma a call on 0404 587 582 or contact us via email. We are happy to help you.