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FINE ANTIQUE FURNITURE & PIANO

CARE TIPS

Beware! Today’s advanced finishes are resistant to many things, but vinyl is not one of them. Vinyl feet on the bottom of your cordless phone case, vinyl feet on clock radios and vinyl place mats or cup coasters will damage the finish on your furniture. It’s called “Vinyl Gassing”. Think of that new shower curtain liner smell, that “new car” smell or the smell of a new vinyl rain poncho. That is vinyl gassing and it will soften your new finish. Use cork as a protector under these items instead. Cork “buttons” can be purchased at any hardware store.

Polishing

Give your furniture a light weekly dusting with a very slightly dampened cotton cloth. You may also apply a good quality polish such as Guardsman Furniture Polish to the cloth if you wish. Once a month, apply the polish per the manufacturer’s directions.

Touch-Ups

There are many fine products for doing minor touch-ups on the market that work very well, but it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s directions. Household or family remedies sometimes work. Cigar ash, toothpaste, or mayonnaise may work sometimes but do you really want to take that risk? Call us first! We may have an answer that will save you money.

Cleaning

On some antiques a good cleaner/restorer can be made from equal parts turpentine and linseed oil. Apply with a small brush or toothbrush. Wipe off immediately with a clean cloth. Afterwards, lay the cloth open outside to dry. Be very careful as the cleaner/restorer is flammable!
Murphy’s Oil is another good cleaner; use 1-2 capfuls in warm water as instructed and dry immediately.

Sunlight

Try to keep your piano and furniture out of direct sunlight. The UV part of the light can bleach out the color or make the piece “amber” up. The direct heat can make the wood swell and crack.

VISIT OUR STUDIO

Before you decide which who will restore or repair your antique or fine furniture, please call us for an appointment to come in and take a short tour of our workshop. It is very important to know where your furniture will be during the process of restoration. You want it to be secure and safe while being restored. Our 5,500 sq. ft. workshop is monitored 24 hours a day by a professional security company.

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