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How to restore your antique wood at home

19 June 2017

We have teamed up with the Property Divison to provide a blog that is a bit different to our usual information on property care problems facing customers and instead focus on ways to restore your antique wood at home. Antique wooden furniture can make a great impression and is often passed down with love through the generations, but if you want yours to stay looking great you’ll need to invest some time and effort. Belgravia estate agent, Best Gapp has a few ideas for keeping your antique wood shiny and lustrous.

With proper care and maintenance there’s absolutely no reason why your favourite antiques can’t be passed down to future generations too.

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First, find the right tools for the job!

You’ll need:

Gloves • Dust Mask • Brushes • Chemical Stripper • Wax Remover • Polish Remover • Sandpaper • Wood Dye • Oil • Polish • Cloth

Now you have the right tools, you’ll be able to make a start

If your wood is looking lacklustre and tatty, you’ll almost certainly have to strip it first. M&M Property warns “This is a messy job so it’s best to work outside if you can. If that’s not possible, make sure the room you’re working in is well ventilated- there will be lots of dust and stripper can have a really strong smell.”


  1. Apply the stripper with an old brush and leave it to dissolve for about half an hour. You’ll then need to neutralize the stripper with a steel pad soaked in white spirit and work towards the grain of the wood. This will leave you with a nice, clean surface to work with. Wipe away any residue and wash with warm, soapy water.
  2. Once you have a clean, fresh surface to work on, you can sand your furniture with paper or a sander. This will really bring the wood to life and create a smooth canvas for the rest of your work.
  3. When you’ve achieved the look you’re after, apply a coat of finishing oil using a quality brush or lint-free cloth. Allow it to do its stuff for ten minutes and then wipe away any residue so you don’t end up with a sticky mess.
  4. Leave the finishing oil to penetrate the wood for about five hours before gently rubbing with steel wool. Repeat the process a few times- the more you do it, the better the end result will be. Once you’re happy with your work, the final thing to do is apply a thin coat of furniture wax to make it look shiny and luxurious.

Looking after the wood isn’t easy, but it really pays off in the long run. As with most things in life, prevention is always better than cure, so take the time to look after your wooden furniture and it will look after you.


Disclaimer – This article was brought to you by Property Division, a guest blog written by a third party. This blog does not represent the views or opinions of Timberwise