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6 Tips for Taking Care of Antiques

Antiques are old things. But how old? The precise definition varies depending on the particular use: antique furniture, antique cars, antique toys, etc. In general, however, antiques are considered to be at least 100 years old. This is because, before the 20th century, objects that were 100 years old were already referred to as " antiques". Of course, there are exceptions. For example, since most people didn't care about automobiles before they became widely available in the early 20th century, it isn't uncommon to consider cars built before 1920 to be antiques.

  1. Don't store silver in plastic bags. This is a common mistake many of us make, and it's not a good one. The plastic actually traps sulfuric gasses that cause the silver to tarnish, so you may end up with a lovely silvery bag of black crud that used to be your silverware. Rather than risking it, try storing your silver in cloth bags, wooden cabinets, or even the original cardboard boxes they came in—they'll keep your antiques looking fresh and sparkly for much longer.

  2. Keep furniture away from windows and vents to prevent fading. For obvious reasons, you should keep your most valuable pieces out of direct sunlight—the UV rays can cause some serious damage. If you're really worried about fading, hang some curtains to block the sun from entering through the window or move a piece of furniture away from a vent that blows hot air into its face all day. If you want your antique to stay as pristine as possible, keeping it cool and dark is the best way to go.

  3. Clean antique lamps with a soft cloth only—no paper towels! Many people use paper towels for cleaning just about anything, but for all those lamps and other delicate pieces you have lying around, try using old cotton sheets.

  4. Get a professional to help you move. If you're planning to move your antique furniture, hire a professional. Moving your pieces without an expert's help can cause damage and devalue them.

  5. Clean with vinegar. If your antique has rust spots on it, try using distilled white vinegar to remove them before cleaning as normal (but be sure not to get any vinegar on parts of the antique that aren't rusty!).

  6. No Walking on Antique Rugs! Even if you’re not consciously thinking about it, walking on rugs causes them to wear down and age much faster than a rug that is simply hanging on a wall for decoration. We also recommend not placing any heavy furniture or appliances on top of antique rugs or putting any antique rugs in high-traffic areas where people are walking across them frequently.

If you have antique furniture sitting around your house, it is important to understand how to take care of it. As you may know, it is easy to ruin a piece of furniture by not knowing what steps to take when dealing with it. We hope that the information we have presented here will help keep your belongings looking beautiful for years to come!

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