Antique pieces require care and attention to protect them from any damage is what, Thomas J Salzano, an antiquities dealer suggest to all the people who have antique things or are somehow attached to it.
As a matter of fact, it’s true that the antique pieces are a few and costly. Some of them are not even for sale as they are kept in museums in a safe and secure environment. Antique pieces need care it’s true but you need to understand the fact that there are many factors that can affect the antiques, including environmental conditions and the human activities that include moving and handling of items.
Here are some tips by Thomas J Salzano to help you take care of your antiques in a way that helps you to retain their priceless value:
Antique and Collectible Jewelry
- Avoid using jewelry cleaners as these chemical cleaners can damage the antique jewelry.
- A little toothpaste with a soft toothbrush is one best way to clean diamonds.
Antique and Collectible Porcelain/ Pottery
- Always keep the antique pottery and porcelain pieces behind glass
- The antique pieces are delicate, so for safety purposes always hold the antique pottery by the main part of the body and not by the handle.
- Generally, people use taps to stick a cover over the pot to protect it from dust or to shift it from one place to the other. Avoid using taps on such antique pieces as peeling it off may remove enamel or gilding.
- Avoid using harsh cleaners
- Keep the antique clocks running
- Be careful at the time of cleaning, do not any ammonia-based glass cleaner on the clock face, dial, or painted glass.
- Wind carefully, using the correct size key as per the clock
- For cleaning the silver items use hot soapy water, rinse the silver piece in hot water and dry properly.
- Avoid the use of silver polishes available in the market. Overuse of these polish can damage the silver if overused.
- Keep the silver pieces wrapped in dry, acid-free tissue paper and store them in a plastic bag, especially the domestic silver to prevent the polish of the piece.
- Keep the antique furniture dust free and use a soft cloth for dusting.
- Polishing the antique furniture is important but only once or twice a year. Don’t overdo it.
- Also, avoid the spray polish as they contain silicon which builds up a sticky surface.
- Excessive sunlight can fade the finish and other fabrics of the furniture.
Maintenance of the antique furniture is important so when required to repair the damage on the antique furniture.
There are some ways in which you can protect your antique pieces from damage. Thomas feels that it is important to be careful with such antique pieces as they beautiful and there are emotions attached to them.
Thomas J Salzano says that every antique is different from another so if you require any further guidance you should consult a specialist before trying anything to clean or repair your antiques.