Do Watch the Humidity
Because most antique furniture is made of wood, you'll need to watch the humidity in your home. If your home has a humidity level of 60% or higher, moisture in the air may saturate it, thereby causing it to warp or bend. You can prevent this from happening to your antique furniture by maintaining a relative humidity of about 50%. There are devices like dehumidifiers and humidifiers that can help you achieve this level.
Don't Use Bleach
Granted, you probably won't apply bleach directly to your antique furniture, but you may unknowingly expose your furniture to bleach by using a bleach-based cleaning products. Countless cleaning products contain bleach for additional cleaning power. And while bleach is perfectly fine to use in the bathtub, shower and even certain types of counters, you shouldn't use it on antique furniture. Bleach can permanently stain wood, stripping your furniture of its original, natural color.
Do Clean With Murphy Oil Soap
Murphy Oil Soap is a safe and effective cleaning solution for most types of antique furniture. It features a proprietary blend of ingredients, including water, coconut oil and natural fragrances that restores the color and sheen of old furniture. Try to get into the habit of cleaning your antique furniture with Murphy Oil Soap or a similar product at least once a month to preserve its appearance.
Don't Clean With Toothpaste
If you search for homemade furniture cleaning alternatives, you may come across toothpaste. But while often touted as an effective furniture cleaner, toothpaste isn't a good choice for antique furniture. Most toothpastes contain micro beads that can wear down and degrade the surface of your furniture. Therefore, it's best to leave your toothpaste in the bathroom and avoid using it on your antique furniture.
Do Dust It
In addition to cleaning your antique furniture with Murphy Oil Soap, you should also dust it. Even if your home looks dust free, the air is probably riddled with dust particles. If left unchecked, dust will accumulate on your antique furniture, with some micro-sized particles settling into the finish.