Climate can affect furniture greatly although it is more to do with very dry air than soaring temperatures. Should table leaves warp they should be put in a damp atmosphere and hopefully they will straighten themselves. If card or tea tables develop a "smile" open them up overnight and by the morning they should have hopefully flattened. If this does not work they will have to be straightened by a qualified restorer who will remove the core material from the inside down to the exterior veneer and then relay the old surface veneer back onto a new, stable, flat piece of timber. As this is a very costly process, it is wise to remove all furniture from direct and strong sunlight, allow a room a few draughts and, if furniture is beginning to move, invest in a humidifier.
By taking care in the day to day handling of furniture costly accidents can be avoided. When moving a chest of drawers, never lift by the top, as this can result in the top breaking away from the base. Be aware of drawers in side tables which, if the table is tipped forward when being moved, may crash to the floor. Never rock back on chairs as this puts great strain on joints. When transporting furniture always wrap it in a clean blanket to avoid unnecessary damage and scratches. To avoid damage to yourself it is important when lifting furniture to bend the knees and not the back. Finally, when lifting a bookcase, never put your hand on the glass doors which can easily break.
Always put small felt pads under the feet of clocks, caddies etc to stop them scratching the furniture. Never lock a bureau fall, as the resulting damage to the furniture, should a break-in occur, could be more than the value of the goods taken. Also never lock a piece of furniture when in transit, as a jolt can jam the lock resulting in a major operation to release it. If small piles of sawdust appear, live wood worm is likely to be present. The best remedy is to contact a reputable company and arrange for the piece to be heat treated. This will not damage the timber or upholstery but is guaranteed to kill the worm.
Antique furniture was here before us and will be here after us. To enable future generations to enjoy it as much as we do, it is our duty to cherish and care for it throughout our own lifetime.
This is not expensive and if you are at all unsure please contact us!