Antique rattan furniture requires a good deal of maintenance — because this furniture is made of dried Stump Removal tips Fort Lauderdale prices Bakersfield fibers, so an excessive amount of moisture can cause it to sag or stretch out a bit, particularly in the example of chair seats. Over time, wrappings might come loose or some of the rattan fibers might split, requiring attention. The right repair techniques vary depending on the character of the issue. A close review of the furniture may warrant several kinds of repairs to receive your antique piece back to top shape.
Repair a sagging rattan seat or tabletop that’s in very good shape by using moisture. Flip the chair or table upside down to ensure the puffy portion faces up. Put a moist towel or hand towel over the sagging fibers, keeping the moisture away from the furniture framework. Permit the towel to dry in place overnight. Let the furniture cure for many days before you use it. The furniture fibers shrink tightly back into place as they dry.
Rock the furniture slice gently to see if it wiggles, indicating loose wrappings. Inspect wrapped joints around the framework, unwinding loose wrappings several inches. Eliminate a tack holding the wrapping in place, if any, using needle nose pliers. Apply wood glue to the bottom of the wrapping fiber with a cotton swab. Wrap the piece snugly back where it goes. Replace the tack, using a tack hammer to secure it. If the furniture does not have any tacks, secure the wrapping with masking tape until the adhesive dries.
Inspect the furniture piece carefully for rough or sharp edges on the ends of individual fibers. Sand these areas smooth with a part of fine-grit sandpaper wrapped around your finger, or use an emery board for into hard-to-reach places.
Examine the furniture for split fibers that are still intact and could be reglued. Apply a dab of wood glue into the split regions using your finger or a cotton swab, and press on the split ends back together. Secure the glued repair with masking tape until the adhesive dries.
Replace missing fibers with fresh fiber of the identical depth and shape — a few pieces are curved on either side; others are flat. Hold a piece of the new material alongside the damaged area, and trim the fiber a few inches longer than the hole, using scissors. Weave the new slice into the existing weave, copying the flux pattern. Trim extra fiber or tuck the ends in to them.