There are few things that can be more priceless than an old, family heirloom. It is not going to be a quick process, however, to breathe new life into a piece of furniture. But the effort you put into it is going to be worth it once you have beautiful furniture to enjoy for years to come.
Restoring your old furniture might be time-consuming, but it does not necessarily have to be complicated. As long as you follow the right step-by-step instructions and use the right products and power tools in the Philippines, this arduous task is going to be infinitely easier and significantly rewarding. Here are some ways to restore your old furniture.
Repair Dents and Cracks
Your furniture is going to experience wear and tear over time and this is bound to leave its mark. The changes in temperature can also have an effect on wood because it buckles and dries when it is subjected to heat. For these reasons, try and avoid placing your old furniture near open fires, radiators, and other sources of heat.
You can use wax repair sticks to mend dents and cracks. They often come in a wide variety of colors and can be blended together by simply warming them in your hands. This way, you can get exactly the right shade for your furniture every time.
Replace Handles and Fittings
The wood is not the only part of your old furniture that is going to age. Metal fittings such as copper, brass, or iron will dull or even rust after a long time. Because of this, the locks, bolts, casters, handles, hinges, and brackets of your old furniture is also going to benefit from maintenance.
Generally, using a standard metal cleaner can restore the metal parts of your furniture to a beautiful shine. Do remember, though, that the metal fittings should always be removed from the furniture first because the cleaning solution is going to damage the wood.
For most fittings, you can apply the cleaner with a cotton rag but handles should be soaked in the solution for at least 30 minutes. If the metal fittings are covered in rust, apply the cleaning solution using a fine steel wool.
Remove Oil and Grease
Furniture can attract all kinds of oils and grease. In fact, simple human contact can already leave a residue which can combine with dust to form a dull layer of grime. Using a soft cloth and a little warm water may be sufficient enough to remove this, but if you need more help, add a tiny drop of liquid soap or vinegar to the water. In both cases, the vinegar or the dish soap should be diluted with warm water before it is used.
If your furniture contains silver or gold leaf, take care to avoid it because they can be easily damaged. Also, do not forget to remove any excess dirt or dust before you begin, otherwise, all you are doing is rubbing it in even more. Use an old toothbrush or a soft dusting brush to do this.
Your furniture should be a long-term purchase that is going to be part of your home for years to come. If you have old furniture lying around and gathering dust or if you are bored with your current furniture, don’t just replace them.
With the right products, materials, and power tools in the Philippines, along with a little elbow grease, you can give your old furniture a twist that is pleasing to the eyes. Give those old yet still durable furniture a new life using your creativity.