Mount Joy, PA, June 25, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- As the hot and sticky summer months move ahead, church restoration specialists Fredrick & Emily's are sharing several quick tips to keep your church furniture in great shape year round.
Fredrick & Emily's Church Renovations has been in the business of restoring the spiritual and physical soul of churches since 1976. This summer, the church renovation company is in the process of renovating two historic churches in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Located in Bryn Mawr, PA, Church of the Redeemer is in the middle of a six month renovation process, having its pews removed and refinished while interior design improvements are also being completed. In a small Northeast Maryland town, Hickory United Presbyterian is having new church pews constructed by Fredrick & Emily’s to match the look of its original pews.
“Hickory Presbyterian's pews were uncomfortable for their congregation because they were small by today's standards,” said Fredrick Taggart, president of Fredrick & Emily's. “We are constructing larger bodies for the pews while maintaining the original, unique look of the existing pew ends.”
While Fredrick and Emily's provides expert restoration and renovation services to all aspects of a church building, they also provide useful resources to key decision makers within a church's community with tips for maintaining quality church furniture.
“There are many important factors to consider when deciding to restore old furniture,” said Taggart. “However, most church furniture can be maintained with frequent dusting and some preventative maintenance. Most churches don't realize how much they can help extend the life of their pews and furniture themselves.”
Five tips Taggart frequently recommends to church maintenance crews for proper care of their classic church furniture include:
1. Avoiding exposing furniture to direct sunlight when possible.
2. Maintaining a consistent room temperature.
3. Protecting the furniture from moisture (wet umbrellas left on the surface of church furniture can be a serious cause of moisture damage).
4. Protecting wood furniture from extreme dry conditions.
5. Dusting furniture routinely and treating wooden furniture annually with a fine liquid furniture oil.
Many churches Fredrick & Emily's works with have a hard time deciding between furniture restoration or investing in new furniture. Three things Taggart says churches need to be aware of when deciding between new furniture or furniture restoration include:
Furniture Age: If your church furniture is over 30 years old, it is time to consider refinishing. If wood is properly cared for, it can last for generations, and new furniture might not be needed.
How Old Is The Furniture Finish: If clothes begin to stick to the furniture on a humid day, chemicals are breaking down the wood's original finish. Unprotected wood can dry out and break down, leading to deterioration. The longer this condition exists, the more difficult and expensive restoration becomes.
Condition Of Cap Rails: If cap rails look dirty and grimy from years of people using them to rise to their feet. The finish on cap rails breaks down faster because of direct body contact.
For more tips and information on the physical restoration of church furniture, church lighting, stained glass windows, or church sound systems, visit Fredrick & Emily's website.
Dedicated to the spiritual vision of each church they renovate, Fredrick & Emily's has provided restoration and renovation services to churches nationwide for over 30 years. Located in Mount Joy, PA, Fredrick & Emily's expert pew restoration services have been featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and in a variety of national publications. For a free consultation or more information, please call 1.800.351.6272 or visit fredrickandemilys.com.