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How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture: Part 5

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture: Part 5

This is the last episode in our series on how to best clean and wax antique furniture. Greg from EuroLuxAntiques.com shows you how to buff off wax the old-fashioned way, without a brush attachment for your drill. This time Greg is demonstrating his technique on a darker piece of antique furniture.

Clean Antique Furniture, Then Apply Wax

In case you missed Part 1, Greg showed the best way to clean off the built up layers of dust and grime on the surface of antique furniture. In Part 2, he demonstrated how to apply furniture wax to your antique furniture using a brush.

TLC Wax Works Great on Antiques

We prefer TLC paste wax, which is an American-made furniture wax, because it is easier to buff that other products we’ve tried. On darker pieces of antique furniture, we like to use the mahogany variety because it gives a nice warm glow to antiques.

Apply a thin coat of wax until it becomes hazy and then let the wax dry a minimum of 30 minutes, but overnight is better.

The Easy Way to Buff Antique Furniture

In Part 3, Greg shows the best way to buff off paste wax by using a natural fiber brush attachment on your drill. You can buy a brush attachment from a furniture restoration company, such as Van Dyke’s Restorers. However, if you don’t have a brush attachment, or even a drill, Greg will demonstrate what to do next.

Old-Fashioned, Muscle Power Technique

The process of buffing paste wax off antique furniture is similar to the process of sanding during woodworking. Start with a courser material first, and then use a finer material with each consecutive pass.

In this case, Greg starts with a hand towel that has a relatively rough nap to start the buffing process. He uses a circular motion with light, even pressure. You might even hear the voice of Mr. Miyagi from the 1984 movie, The Karate Kid, in your head telling you to “wax on, wax off.”

Use Microfiber Cloths for Final Buff

Next, Greg uses two clean microfiber cloths in his two-handed technique that he perfected while working at a car wash in high school. Use light pressure in a circular motion. When the microfiber cloths “catch” on the surface of the antique sideboard, Greg rubs a little more in that area to gently buff off the wax. When the surface begins to feel like glass under your towels, you’re done.

Wax Antique Furniture Annually

Now your antique furniture should shine and have a nice layer of wax which will serve to protect the finish against dust and sunlight. You should wax your antique furniture once per year in order to keep it looking great!

Please let us know if we can answer any questions for you about how to best care for your antique furniture!

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 4

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 4

In this fourth episode in a series on the best way to clean and wax antique furniture, Greg from EuroLux Antiques shows you how to do a final buff in order to really make your antique furniture look great.

Antique Furniture: Clean & Wax First

In Part 1, Greg showed the best way to clean off the built up layers of dust and grime on the surface of antique furniture. In Part 2, he demonstrated how to apply furniture wax to your antique furniture using a brush.

Wax On, Wax Off

If you watched the movie, Karate Kid from 1984, you’ll remember that Mr. Miyagi used the “wax on, wax off” technique to train Daniel (Ralph Macchio) how to do karate. While building muscles is a good thing to do to get in shape, when it comes to buffing wax off antique furniture, there is a better way. Greg shows the best way to buff off wax by using a brush attachment on a drill in Part 3.

Microfiber Cloths Work Best

You can find microfiber cloths in big packs at any hardware store, auto parts store, or even big box warehouse stores. Be sure to use clean ones for the final buff, which happens after you have already done a first buff. Microfiber cloths are soft and won’t scratch the surface of your antique furniture.

Two-Handed Technique Gets Job Done Fast

Greg prefers to use a two-handed approach that he perfected while working at a car wash in high school. He rubs the microfiber cloths quickly over the surface of the antique furniture, using a circular motion without much pressure. It is similar to buffing a pair of shoes – go lightly and quickly. You should really see your antique furniture start to shine!

In the last episode of this series, Greg will show you how to buff wax off antique furniture the old-fashioned way – without the drill attachment.

Please let us know if we can answer any questions for you about how to best care for your antique furniture!

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 3

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 3

In this third episode in our series about the best way to clean and wax antique furniture, Greg at EuroLux Antiques shows you how to buff off the applied wax using a brush attachment on a drill.

Clean First, Then Apply Wax To Antique Furniture

In case you missed the first two episodes, Part One describes how to best clean antique furniture, while Part Two shows how to apply a thin layer of wax to your antiques.We’ve tried a great number of paste wax products, but we prefer TLC wax because it is easier to buff and gives a nice, warm glow to antique furniture.

Use Paste Wax with Beeswax

Apply a thin layer of wax to your piece of antique furniture with a soft-bristle brush and then let it set for at least a half an hour – the longer, the better. Even overnight would be fine. Just make sure to use paste wax that has beeswax in it.

Buff with a Natural Fiber Brush Attachment on a Drill

We clean and wax a great amount of antique furniture, so we’ve learned how to do it quickly and with the least amount of effort. We highly recommend using a corded drill with a soft, natural fiber brush attachment. You can also get a paint brush from a hardware store with a narrow handle and cut it down to fit in your drill.

Use Light Pressure in a Circular Motion

Now use very light pressure and move the brush attachment in a circular motion back and forth across the piece of antique furniture, doing small sections at a time. The wax will begin to heat up and then will begin to shine.

Use a Micro-Fiber Cloth for Final Polish

We recommend using a micro-fiber towel to give a final polish to your piece of antique furniture. You can find big packs of micro-fiber towels at warehouse stores or hardware stores. Greg like to ball up a micro-fiber towel in his hand and then very lightly rub it quickly back and forth across the area where he has buffed with the drill attachment. When it feels smooth like glass under your towel, you’ll know that you are done.

Stay tuned for the next blog post for more tips on how to best clean and wax your antique furniture. Let us know if you have any questions!

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 2

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 2

In this episode, Greg at EuroLuxAntiques continues to teach you the best way to clean and wax a piece of antique furniture.

Clean Antique Furniture with Howard Restor-A-Finish

Just to bring you up to date, in the first video of this series, Greg showed you how to use Howard Restor-A-Finish to remove the built-up layers of old wax, dirt, and grime on the surface of the piece. It is best to use a natural fiber brush attachment with a drill, but you can also use fine grade (0000 4x) steel wool.

Use Paste Wax to Protect Antique Furniture

Once you have cleaned your antique furniture, you should use a good quality paste wax in order to protect and enhance your antique furniture. A nice layer of wax protects the original finish against dust and sunlight, and helps to keep the moisture content of the wood stable. You only need to wax your antique furniture once per year, and otherwise just use a clean, barely damp cloth or a duster to remove the dust on a regular basis.

TLC Furniture Wax Works Great on Antiques

We’ve tried just about every paste wax out on the market, but we prefer TLC furniture wax for antique furniture. It comes in a variety of stains, but we prefer to use the neutral variety for light-colored wood and the mahogany color for all dark-colored pieces of antique furniture. While they do make brown and dark brown, we find that the mahogany gives a nice glow to the darker pieces.

Apply A Thin Layer of Paste Wax to Antique Furniture

We use a soft bristle brush to apply a thin layer of paste wax, but you can also put it on with fine grade (0000 4x) steel wool. Apply the wax in a light, circular motion, trying to go with the grain, so that you work the wax down into the grain of the wood on your antique furniture. Be careful to not to put too much on as it will make it much harder to buff off later.

Let Wax Dry, Even Overnight

You should begin to see a haze over your antique furniture where you have applied the paste wax. Now it is best to let the wax dry for a minimum of 30 minutes, but better is several hours, or even overnight.

Stay tuned for the next episode, as Greg will show you the best way to buff off the paste wax that you have applied to your antique furniture.

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or subscribe to this blog!

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 1

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture

Here at EuroLux Antiques, we clean and wax a great deal of antique furniture. While we only buy pieces that have been well-loved through time and are in good condition, most of the time they still need to be cleaned in order to look great. This blog is the first in a series of 5 about how to take care of your antique furniture.

Clean, Don’t Strip Antiques

Often folks tell us that they believe they need to strip and refinish a piece of antique furniture that they have at home. We always emphasize that is the last thing you want to do, as stripping and refinishing antique furniture will decrease the value of the piece.

Instead, we recommend that you should first try cleaning the piece. Sometimes a piece of antique furniture that looks dirty, dry, and faded just needs a little TLC to make it look great again. You can use Murphy’s oil soap and water, but be sure to thoroughly dry the piece afterwards.

Use Howard Restor-A-Finish to Clean Antique Furniture

We have found great results using the restorative product, Howard Restor-A-Finish, and we highly recommend it. It comes in a variety of colors, but we use either neutral for light-colored wood or dark oak for dark-wood pieces.

Apply with Steel Wool or Brush Attachment

You can apply Howard Restor-A-Finish with fine grade steel wool (0000 4x), but we prefer to use a natural fiber brush attachment for a drill. We use soft t-shirt fabric to apply the liquid and then use the brush attachment to clean the piece, always trying to go with the grain of the wood. Then wipe off the excess and let dry. The piece of antique furniture should now feel much smoother to the touch, as you will have removed the surface layer of old wax, dust, and grime.

Greg will show you how to wax a piece of antique furniture in our next blog, so stay tuned for Part 2!

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

5 Best Tips for Antique Furniture Care

Antique Furniture Care – What Should I Do?

5 Best Tips for Antique Furniture Care

Here at EuroLux Antiques, we are often asked how to best care for antique furniture. Just remember these five key tips for antique furniture care, and your antiques will look great for many years to come.

Dodge the Draft

My best piece of advice when it comes to caring for antique furniture is to avoid air blowing directly on your piece of furniture. Don’t place antique furniture over or next to a heat register in the floor or under a vent in the ceiling. Wood separation, splitting, and cracking are exacerbated by fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Find out more about wood separation here.

Keep out of Sunlight

Direct sunlight falling on a piece of antique furniture will cause the finish to deteriorate at an accelerated rate. Eventually the finish will look very faded and washed out. Of course, you don’t need to keep your home in the dark in order to care for your antique furniture. Just be sure to have some sort of sheer curtains, or blinds, so that you can diffuse harsh sunlight.

Use a Humidifier

If you live in a geographic area where there are significant swings in humidity throughout the year, you may want to place a humidifier in your home in order to help care for your antique furniture. The moisture content in the wood of your antique furniture will adjust to the ambient humidity in your home. These fluctuations throughout the year, from the humid days of summer to the dryness caused by heating your home in the winter, will cause an increase in wood separation, and may result in splits and cracks in your wood.

Avoid Spray-On Products

Don’t use cleaning products that you spray on your antique furniture. These products actually create a waxy buildup over time that will make your antique furniture look hazy and dull. They actually attract dust, which means you have to buy another bottle of the product, making the manufacturer happy. Just use a soft rag, very slightly dampened, or a duster, to lift the dust on a regular biweekly or monthly basis.

Apply Paste Wax Once Per Year

The best way to care for your antique furniture, on an on-going basis, is to use a good paste wax once per year. There are quite a few brands of paste wax available on the market, but we prefer TLC wax. We find it gives a beautiful glow and is easier to work with than other brands. Apply a thin layer of paste wax with 0000 (4x) steel wool and then buff off with a microfiber towel or use a brush attachment with a drill.

Remember these 5 tips for antique furniture care and your antiques will look beautiful for many years to come!

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her hubby and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Antique Furniture & Wood Separation: Is My Furniture Antique?

We are often asked how to tell if a piece of antique furniture is truly old, as some of our customers at EuroLux Antiques are new to collecting antique furniture. There is an art and science to appraising the age of a piece of antique furniture that only comes from direct, hands-on experience.

How to Judge Age in Antique Furniture?

However, there are some clues that you can look for to help you determine the age of a piece of furniture. One of those clues to judging the age of antique furniture is wood separation.

Antique Furniture & Wood Separation

Look at Panels & Doors

In the video above, I show you three places to look for wood separation in antique furniture as a way to determine if the piece is truly old. The first place to look is in a flat panel, such as a side panel, or on a door. Look closely and you may find a hairline crack running with the grain. This type of wood separation is caused by the expansion and contraction of the wood due to humidity fluctuations throughout the years.

Look in Drawers

Another place you would expect to find wood separation is at the front of a drawer in antique furniture. You’ll notice a small gap between the frame and the bottom panel of the drawer, which has been caused by wood shrinkage from fluctuations in humidity over time.

Look at the Joints

Finally, you should observe the joints of the piece, where it was originally put together by the craftsman. You would expect to see a small gap at the joints in antique furniture, for instance, on a door where the trim comes together.

While finding examples of wood separation is by no means the only criteria for determining if a piece of furniture is truly an antique, it is one of the clues to look for during your analysis. When there are enough clues, in combination, you’ll be able to determine if a piece is truly antique furniture.

Look for Wood Separation

Wood separation is one of the character marks of antique furniture and something to be appreciated. We all get wrinkles as we age, and wood separation is one of the ways to tell if a piece of furniture is truly an antique.

If you’d like a better definition of what causes wood separation, check out this earlier blog.

Stay tuned to our blog for more videos about other clues for determining age in antique furniture.

 Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!