How to Care for Wooden Gifts and Artifacts

April 16, 2021

How to Care for Wooden Gifts and Artifacts

Wooden artifacts are carved with great precision and attention to detail. Some of them contain centuries of history. Their cultural and artistic significance has made them the prized decor possessions for homeowners across the globe.

But use wet wipes to remove dust from your wooden artifacts, as it can corrode the natural layer of polish. If you let your artifact sit without drying, it can develop mold and fungi over time. Always use clean, dry gauze or towel to remove the layer of dust from your wooden carvings. If there are stains, mix a mild detergent in water and apply that to the stained area. Let the artifact dry completely before putting it back in place.  

Periodically apply wax on finished wood

If these delicate art pieces require continuous care to retain their luster and beauty over time. Here are six pro tips to take care of your precious wooden artifacts:

Maintain consistent temperature

Avoid exposing your wooden artifacts to sunlight, humidity, rain, and extreme temperatures as it causes the wood to expand and contract. It results in cracks, breaks, and bends in the wood, which can permanently damage your valuable art piece. Place your artifact where the temperature is constant, and humidity is low. Also, make sure that the area is protected against potential fire hazards.

Don’t use wet wipes

Never your wooden artifact is made with finished wood, apply wax or high-quality wood polish in the direction of the wood fibers. Use a brush to apply it to the hard-to-reach areas. Wax helps maintain the wood’s natural shine and protects it against dirt, water, and humidity.

Sand the surface

If your wooden artifact is designed with raw wood, sanding it regularly helps maintain its pristine look. Afterward, you can also apply linseed oil to protect it against impurities. Natural wood absorbs oil, which means that the surface slowly becomes impervious to dirt or water.

Wrap carefully before storing

If you plan to store your wooden artifacts for extended periods, make sure you store them in a cool, dry place. Also, cover them adequately using layers of soft cloth and plastic wraps to avoid permanent damage. Before storing it away, insert packets of silica gels into the plastic to prevent the build-up of mold and fungus. 

Inspect frequently

Check your artifacts for signs of insect infestation, like beetles, termites, and borer that can cause significant damage if left unchecked. Apply high-quality insect repellent to avoid such problems. However, make sure that the insect repellent is not too abrasive. 

About Aeon Giftware

If you are looking for a place to buy traditional Maori wooden carvings, Aeon Giftware is your one-stop destination. Owner Mike Carlton has been working since the 1990s to deliver intricate and ethnic Maori art pieces. Our collections include wall hangings, gift boxes, bookmarks, keychains, and other hand-carved items. You can visit our website to order online. You can reach out to us at (07) 348-3190 or fill our contact form to know more.

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