Caring for Oriental Furniture
Orchid’s Chinese wooden furniture is hand-made and restored by craftsmen in China who use traditional skills and materials passed down through the generations. The antique furniture is restored using reclaimed materials to sympathetically match the original wood, hard-ware and colours. With a little care your Chinese furniture will last a lifetime, and the information here will teach you how to keep it looking as gorgeous as the day you bought it.
Vintage and antique Chinese furniture will have irregularities, which is to be expected of any furniture with provenance and is part of the charm of owning a piece of Oriental history.
Cleaning and Caring for Lacquered Furniture
Chinese lacquer is generally easy to care for. The following advice will help you to understand how to prolong the life of your lacquered furniture.
Oriental lacquer can be clear or coloured and provides a durable finish which protects wood and is very low maintenance.
A regular dust with a soft, dry micro-fibre cloth will remove finger-prints and smears.
For spillages, wipe with a slightly damp cloth or sponge, using a mild detergent if necessary. Once dry, buff gently with a micro-fibre cloth.
To restore the patina use an everyday spray silicone polish. Other polishes or waxes can be used, but these will not offer any more protection than a general spray polish.
Care of Chinese Antiques Furniture & Chinese Lacquered Furniture
How to Care for Un-lacquered Natural Wood Furniture
To keep these looking good simply use a feather duster or a soft cloth to remove everyday dust. Protect from spillages which will soak in to the natural wood and be difficult to remove.
General Care Tips
In the Event of Severe Damage
In the unfortunate event of severe damage to your Chinese furniture, this can usually be rescued with expert attention. In many cases furniture can be repaired and lacquered to its original beauty. We can help you facilitate a major repair or put you in contact with a specialist for advice.
The hand finished, traditional white lacquer may “yellow” under some light and heat conditions. This is unavoidable due to the natural ingredients of the lacquer.
* Under-floor heating can cause extreme shrinkage to wooden furniture including Chinese reproduction and antique furniture, which is why special wood is used for floors over this type of heating. Whilst we can facilitate repairs, we will not cover costs associated with damage due to this type of heat source.