Antique furniture creates a sophisticated look in the home. Antique chairs require special care to maintain their condition. Antique armchairs, in addition to dining table and leather chairs, all last longer and look better when they are well-positioned and kept clean. Consider the framework, as well as the upholstery, and stay vigilant for pest infestations.
Position Your Antique Chair
Ultraviolet light causes damage to many items of furniture by degrading finishes and fabrics. To prevent cracks in an antique chair, place it in an area away from direct sunlight. If your chosen interior design means that the chair is located near to a window, keep the curtains or blinds closed when the sun is strong. In addition, humidity damages some types of wood, as does extremely dry air, so keep the temperature steady in the room and use a humidifier, if necessary. Keep an antique leather chair away from central heating and windows to avoid it drying out.
Maintain the Framework of Your Antique Chair
Check the screws, bolts, and other metal pieces for rust. An antique wooden chair requires regular polishing using furniture wax, and a damp cloth to avoid scratching the surface. Furniture oils produce a temporary attractive sheen, but cause damage to certain finishes over time. Avoid silicone-based polishes, which leave a build-up that looks like a film on the wood.
Maintain Your Antique Leather Chair
An antique leather chair requires extra care to prevent splits and cracks. Use a clean cotton cloth to wipe the chair. Then use the narrow attachment on a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and debris from the crevices. Apply leather conditioner every six months to prevent the surface drying. Mop up spills immediately with a clean cloth and avoid rubbing water into the leather. If small scratches appear on the surface, buff them away with a soft cloth.
Maintain Your Antique Upholstered Chair
Use a vacuum cleaner on an antique upholstered chair regularly to prevent dust or pests from building up. Chairs used only for display require weekly maintenance. Consider covering the fabric if it does not ruin the visual impact of the furniture. If a spill occurs, blot it immediately and use special upholstery cleaner to remove any stains. If the fabric is old and worn, consider reupholstering the chair, if that does not devalue the antique.
Dealing with Pests in Your Antique Chair
Antique wooden chairs are prone to infestations from pests, such as wood boring beetles. Inspect wooden antique furniture every six months and check any new pieces carefully before bringing them into the home. Use a woodworm fluid to treat insects. If the problem persists, you may need to fumigate the antique chair.