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Care & Repair

From removing watermarks and repairing scratches on furniture, to cleaning jewellery and textiles, to storing and displaying your collection, our unique online guide is the place to start.

waxingApplying wax polish

A wide choice of high-quality wax polishes is available in clear or colored formulas. Colored wax is recommended if you wish to darken slightly the color of the stained wood. Wax polishes are also available in various...

Care and RepairAfter Care For Restored Furniture

Dust all of your furniture regularly. Every month or two, re-oil or re-wax furniture, depending on the finish. Apply the oil or wax very sparingly with a clean, soft cloth. With another...

Care and RepairApplying an Oil Finish

Use a soft, lint-free rag to rub a generous quantity of boiled linseed oil into the wood. Keep rubbing in oil as hard as you can until the wood will soak up no more. Wipe off...

Care and RepairAvoiding the Effects of Humidity on Leather

Leather is a relatively tough material that stands up well to everyday wear and tear. Nevertheless, it is vulnerable to adverse atmospheric conditions. For example, the...

Bonding ceramicsBonding simple ceramic breaks

This method can be used to repair plates, cups, saucers and bowls made in porcelain, earthenware, terracotta or pottery. (Note. if it is rare or valuable, you should entrust the task to a professional restorer.) 1. Preparing the surface...

cleanreviveCleaning & Reviving Furniture

Before cleaning furniture, you should remove all dust from the surface of the piece, using a soft-bristled dusting brush. Make sure you work the bristles into any recessed sections and moldings. If your piece is simply dull and dirty...