How to Clean Antique Furniture. Valuable antique furniture will have a layer of grime on its surface from years of exposure to dust, dirt and fumes. If you want to clean up antique furniture, be gentle. You do not want to damage the This is a handy guide to get the feel for the style of a piece of furniture. I like the way it is laid out, with a little bit of history and overview of overall styles of design at the beginning followed by quick drawings of furniture sorted by type of furniture, then style. .