It is important to take care of the old furniture so that it can be used for long years. The antique furniture restoration is quite a time-consuming process. By using the appropriate tools and products this task can be made easier. Some of the tips have been mentioned below.
While restoring the old furniture or doing the antique furniture restoration, one may make use of hazardous chemicals, so it is important to take certain precautions and look after one’s health. One should use proper tools and look for one as well as family’s safety. It is advisable to wear protective gears such as rubber gloves, long sleeves, and eyewear. While using such chemicals, one must work in a well-ventilated area so as to avoid the noxious inhalation of vapors. One should store the oily rags as per the instructions mentioned on the solvent package to keep their homes safe. It is necessary to be cautious as the old paint contains lead and proper ventilation should be provided when stripping it off from the old furniture.
- Identify an old finish
Before doing the timber furniture restoration Brisbane, it is important to determine its current condition. For natural finishes such as shellac, varnish, and lacquer, some experimentation needs to be done such as testing the surface by applying denatured alcohol to an inconspicuous area and then if it comes it is shellac finish but if it requires lacquer thinner for removal then it is lacquer. But if none works, then it is a varnish. Some pigmented finishes can be determined easily such as paint and enamel and oil, wax or penetrating sealer can be determined by the lack of shine on the surface.
It is equally important to clean the old furniture during restoration. One may clean by scrubbing the wood, rattan or the wicker surfaces. It is advisable to use oil-based commercial wood cleaner available in the market to cut through the layers of dirt and wax on the surface of the furniture. One may even use the solution of warm water and liquid detergent to bring back the luster of the furniture. But during this one must take care that the wood does not get too wet and a clean cloth must be used. One can also use solvents such as mineral spirits, turpentine or denatured alcohol. But these substances must be used outdoors or in well-ventilated areas. One can use an old cloth or a burlap bag for that.