Ruin Antiques and Collectibles
There are some ways to Ruin Antiques and Collectibles:-
Cleaning some antiques and collectibles makes them more needed and cherished, but that’s not always the case. For example, cleaning the patina a really solid to find Roycroft copper lamp or a piece of masterpiece furniture can diminish the value greatly.
On the other hand, softly washing an occasional piece of Depression glass won’t hurt it a bit. That is, if you hand wash it. Putting old glassware in the dishwasher can cause it to become “sick,” a collector’s term for glass that has become permanently cloudy on the surface.
Many times a gentle cleaning will suffice, but again, take care not to remove anything that might be seen as desirable patina (as noted above) rather than plain old dust and grime. More common pieces can indeed be refinished, but do yourself a favor and read up on cream of the crop antique furniture if you don’t know how to tell the difference.
Displaying in Sunlight
Paper, including photographs, will yellow and crack, the vibrant colors in textiles will fade, and many plastics will melt rendering a deformed object you’ll no longer be proud to own or pass down to your grandkids. Take care to display your antiques and collectibles in dimly lit areas or for short periods of time in sunny rooms. Always avoid direct sunlight just to be safe.
Restoring an antique its original glory might seem like a good idea. But a do-it-yourself paint job on the mechanical bank you inherited from your great-grandfather is a really big no-no.
This is extra area where an expert’s advice will be priceless to you before beginning a restoration project. Sure, if you just need to glue in a rhinestone that popped out of a vintage brooch (G-S Hypo Cement available at most craft stores is the preferred brand among those in the know) or sew a rag doll’s button eye back in place, that’s fine. Leave the more difficult restoration projects to professionals like Rick Dale from History Channel’s American Restoration to retain the value of your antiques and collectibles.
If you could create a museum-like setting in your home in regard to lighting, temperature, and humidity levels, you would have the perfect environment for antiques and collectibles.
In most instances that’s not feasible, but we do need to be mindful of proper storage in order to preserve the rich history and beauty of our treasures. Keep valuable collections and heirlooms out of oddly damp areas like basements and overly hot areas like attics, if at all possible. Garages can also be iffy when not climate controlled.
In general, if you store your treasures where you are comfortable, they will be comfortable as well.