Gentle Care For The Oldest Furnishings

It must be a wonderful feeling to own a specific make of chair or table.  One of those manufactured in England from oak in a previus century would be even better.  Knowing how to appreciate and love such old pieces of furniture is well known now but over the centuries, these every day pieces of wooden furniure were never viewed as likely to be of value – famiies hung on to hand me downs of every type simply because they didn’t expect to be able to get anything else in their lifetime.    Family furniture is probably still doing its rounds today but it has to stay in good woring cleaning and polishing the wrong way can do irrepairable harm.  Just a gentle wipe with a clean duster to remove the surface dust will be sufficient.  Once or twice a year an light application of wax polish will keep it fed and help stop the drying effects of central heating from making the wood brittle.   The smell of that wax polish is a treat to the nostrils too!