Biological Deterioration & Damage to Furniture & Wooden Objects
Source: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
Wood is naturally very durable–in moderate, sheltered environments it can last for thousands of years without substantial change. Biological deterioration is found principally in the form of insects and fungi. While this activity can result in the complete destruction of an object, it pales by comparison to use and the abuse by humans. And by contrast to human intervention, biological deterioration is an often preventable form of damage.