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Historical artifacts are so cool. Casual Furniture from the late nineteenth century is especially cool. I am wanting to protect the investment. Does it make any difference what Furnace Filter you use? Are there other suggestions that you guys might have for keeping the environment in an ideal condition for this age furniture? Any tips or advice welcome.

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Comment by Pamela J Hewitt on January 7, 2010 at 5:16pm
Perhaps the vintage wood ice box look.
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Comment by Les Beyer on December 2, 2009 at 10:23am
I've written a few articles on furniture care here on iantiqueonline which you may find helpful or, at least, amusing.
http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/group/antiquingbasicsforcluelesscoll...

Your question about furnace filters is a good one and I presume you are concerned about upholstered furniture. "Hypo Allergenic" filters allow less dust to pass through them and would limit airborne dust to a degree. However, not all dust is airborne all the time. Everytime a person walk thru a room they kick up a little dust cloud behind them... even in the most meticulously clean home. Reason? People create dust. Sorry, I don't want to ruin anyone's lunch here but we humans constantly sluff off tiny bits of dead skin and hair all the time... ya can't help it, it's biology. We humans have another bad habit... we wear clothing. (well, the majority of us do anyway) Every step, every movement creates a little bit of wear to our clothing, it's why clothes eventually wear out. Natural fibers are the worst culprits but even synthetics are somewhat guilty of creating dust. Even the upholstry on your furniture creates some of its own dust. It's kind of weird, isn't it?
So, what's the answer to the dust problem? A good vacuum cleaning a twice a year will add decades to the life of upholstry.
Regarding idea conditions for furniture, both upholstry and case goods. Honestly, furniture likes what you like. A fairly constant environment of temperature, humidity and cleanliness.
Comment by Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium on December 2, 2009 at 10:12am
I would not see what difference a furnace filter would do other than controlling the amount of dust in your home. dehumidfy in the summer and humidify in the winter, that should help control the enviroment in the house some
just an opinion
Craig Phillips
B & C Emporium
http://www.b-c-.biz

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