An Enduring Finish
Consider the following points next time you
take stock of your cherished heirlooms.
Vacuum and dust often. Dust is an
ever-present menace to housecleaning; given the opportunity, it can dull and scratch wood
surfaces. For furniture with elaborate carvings, use a synthetic duster because it creates
a static charge that draws out the dust.
Heed the elements. Heat, excessively high
and low humidity,
and sunlight can all take their toll on fine furniture. In response
to such forces, no finish or polish can withstand prolonged sun
exposure or temperature extremes. Attics and basements may
be convenient locations for storing furniture, but they can also
trap damaging heat and moisture. For best results, keep your
furniture where the temperature and humidity stay relatively
moderate and constant (70 degrees F, at 40% to 55% humidity).
Finishes don't need tans. To prevent
sunlight from damaging
your furniture, avoid placing valuable pieces near windows where
direct light penetrates. Also, don't rely on tablecloths for protection.
Such coverings can enable the sun to unevenly fad or bleach wood surfaces.
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