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Polishing An Antique Table

Nov 26, 2007
Those who own an antique table are usually very proud of their item and want to take care of it the best they possibly can. Other than storing it somewhere sensible where it's not going to be constantly touched and bumped into, the best thing an antique table owner can do is keep it clean.

Some people are reluctant to polish their table because they are scared that the product may damage it. It is important to take precautions with the products you are using but there are also plenty of safe cleaning methods that you can adopt.

If you are completely clueless when it comes to choosing which products to use it is advisable to go see an antique dealer or expert first. They will advise you on what the best products are and what you definitely should not use.

Before cleaning their antique table a lot of people use an oily soap first to get off any layers of wax that may be on it. It will now be ready to polish and to seal with wax in order to protect it from damage. A lot of people swear by metal polish instead of the normal wood polish and think it actually works better. Be careful though because you never know how your wood will react. A good tip is to test a small amount on a part of the table that isn't visible in case it has a bad reaction.

Many people choose to use bees wax to polish their antique table. This is because it is non toxic and therefore will not cause any damage to your table. You should be able to find it at any store which makes it a safe and easy way of cleaning your item. Be sure to use a soft cloth to clean your antique table otherwise you may end up scratching it which if you go on to sell it could significantly lower its value.

Surprisingly, an antique table is fairly easy to maintain as they don't need much cleaning very often. One good clean and wax will last for a long time. Doing this frequently is unnecessary and may even start to damage the table over time. A simple dust from time to time with a damp cloth is all it needs and is even how the experts and antique shop owners choose to clean their antique tables.
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Conquest House is a beautiful treasure house with a wide variety of antiques for every pocket. antique table has all you need from the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian to Early Twentieth Century ages.
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