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CARING FOR VALUED OR TEAK FURNITURE

Updated on August 10, 2012

Care

Older Furniture that still bears its original finish,and modern-day teak furniture,both require special care. Regular dusting is important for antiques,say the experts. Tools of the trade include feather dusters,soft cotton cloths laundered without harsh detergents,and small vacuum cleaners.

The experts also recommend waxing,but generally only once or twice a year. Some antiques dealer recommends waxing at the beginning and end of the heating season. Changes in temperature and humidity can be very damaging to wood furniture because wood shrinks and expands in response to those changes. According to some dealers,waxing unfinished surfaces allow the raw wood to absorb the wax,thereby minimizing the chance that the wood will crack or the veneer will lift or separate. You should wax the underside of a table,for example,as well as the the unfinished interior of highboys,breakfronts, and other so-called case pieces.

Some experts recommend against waxes that contain silicone. They say such products compromise the wood's ability to respond to changes in temperature and humidity,and increase the risk of cracking,

Teakwood,which is an oil-finished product,has special needs,too. Once industry expert said frequent dusting is important. Furniture that's used fairly often may need oiling every month or two. The experts recommends a solution of mild detergent for cleaning and tung oil(or some other type of oil)for restoring the sheen in dry areas.

Teak furniture not subject to much wear may need oiling only a few times a year. If the wood looks pale and the surface feels dry,the furniture probably needs oiling. One teak furniture retailer suggests using a clean,soft cloth to oil the entire piece,then letting the oil sit for three to four hours or,better,overnight. Afterward,buff with another clean,soft cloth to remove excess oil.


Home Brew cleaners: One-half teaspoon light olive added to one-quarter cup white vinegar,with enough water to make a pint. This proved to be as effective as any store product.

Home Brew cleaners: One-quarter cup walnut oil plus four drops of lemon extract. This is only as effective as the better oil-based products.

So there you have it,I hope this has brought some light to care of your teak furniture.



oil added to one quarter cup white vinegar,with enough water to make a pint. This proved to be as effective as any store product.

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