The joy of entering a room that contains even just one antique piece of furniture cannot be over emphasised for me. Knowing how to care for beautiful pieces is a major concern for anyone new to ownership. It's no good popping down the supermarket and coming back with modern silicone sprays. Putting the wrong product on an old item will ruin it very quickly. Antiques have a certain patina on their surface and this builds up ocer hundreds of years - so a few marks and tiny bits of damage add to the charm and value - so should be retained and preserved at all costs. Placing any urniture in strong sunlight is never recommended. For antiques it's even more critical to avoid. Sunlight dries it and warping and fading cannot every be repaired. The same goes for central heating. This dries out wood and humidifiers are needed to replace the natural moisture that would be in an unheated room.