Part of the delight of antique furniture lies in the fact that it is passed down from one generation to the next. Because we only choose unique antique pieces of the best quality, with the right care, you can easily ensure that your antique furniture can further last for generations, providing you and your family with enjoyment.
Here are a few tips to ensure your antique furniture’s longevity:
There is no need to worry as wood is a natural product that can “live” in many climates. Antique colonial furniture from India has found its way to homes all over the world. All you have to do is to take some precautions to make sure that your furniture acclimatizes to your new home’s humidity and/or (central) heating.
What will happen is that part of the water contained in the wood will evaporate. It is important that this happens gradually, otherwise the wood might crack. The best thing would be to use humidifiers and over a period of around 4 months slowly adjust (decrease) the humidity level to the level where a humidifier is no longer needed.
Another option might be that you place a bowl (or bowls) filled with water underneath, next to or inside your antique piece. The evaporating water from these bowls will make sure that the humidity level of your furniture will decrease more gradually.
Leave your furniture thus to settle for around 4 months. In some cases you may still notice some shrinkage around the edges of the panels. It is perfectly normal for wood to contract and expand a little with temperature changes. A good polisher can then come and touch up the lines around the edge of each panel to cover the shrinkage marks. Once it has been polished out it should never occur again.