There’s a reason why some of the antiques have beaten the test of time. This is one of the reasons why their value increase over time. Antique collectors flock antique sales and auction houses to get their hands on (not literally, obviously) articles with the most value. But, of course, even the finest woodwork needs to be cleaned some time. With things that have lived decades, cleaning isn’t that simple as you must keep in mind different methods of cleaning for different kinds of materials and finishes.
So how do you take care of your antiques?
First things first are to determine the material and finish of your antique. As we have said earlier, methods of cleaning differ for antiques. As you find out what kind of finish or material your article is made of, you have to be certain that you can actually clean the antique. There are a couple of ways to clean antiques. One is to use a soft brush to take out small dust particles before using a lint free cloth as dust can subside inside the material and can damage it. You can use a blow dryer, in cool mode, interchangeably with the soft brush to take out those small dust particles.
There are some antiques where you want to avoid using water such as silk flowers or wood finishes with worn off varnish. You must be extra careful on delicate antiques and make sure you use precautionary means first such as re-varnishing the wood or having it professionally restored first.
Another thing you must keep in mind is the temperature. Avoid placing your antique articles near heating vents or air conditioning as it may damage them. In addition to that, avoid placing them near the kitchen or fireplaces as well. One other thing that is constantly forgotten are windows. Being exposed to direct sunlight can have significant damage on your antiques.
Global Pack Ship understand how delicate and fragile antiques are. Our team takes extra precautionary measures when packing and shipping your antiques. We take pride in how we handle antique shipping and how careful we are with transporting it from one place to another, no matter how far it may be.
If you or anyone you know is trying to ship their antiques, Global Pack Ship Boston located in Tremont St would love to help you out!