Antique Furniture Restoration
Any piece of furniture that has been neglected or stored in a shed or garage etc. will need some cleaning. Look closely and you will see that the wood has lost its colour and lustre, dirt and old wax has gathered in cracks and carvings. Nothing a careful clean won't put right! The aim is remove the surface layer of grime and wax without damaging the natural underlying colours or patina which has built up over it's life. Providing you are careful and not too vigorous this will be quite straightforward.To remove old wax, dampen a piece of course cloth with cleaning fluid. (I recommend LIBERON antique cleaner restorer). Proceed by rubbing the wood in the direction of the grain. The wax will gradually soften and build up into a sludge and must be wiped from the surface with a clean rag before it dries out. Continue doing this until the wood is smooth and no more dirt comes off. You may have to use wire or steel wool 0000 grade (very fine) to remove thick wax. Dip it in the fluid as before but don't rub too vigorously. Finally clean the surface using a soft cloth and white spirit.