Sunday, August 28, 2011
Caring for Cane
Caning is beautiful, but not if you can't use it because the seat is sagging. If you don't want to go to the expense of re-caning it, you probably don't have to, you may be able to revive it, and put that chair back to use.
1. Put a kettle of water on to boil, and flip the chair upside down on your sink so that all of the caned area is over the basin. If the chair won't fit on the sink you can use any large basin to rest it on.
2. Spread a hand towel over the bottom part of the caned seat, and then go get the boiling water.
3. Very carefully pour the boiling water onto the towel and let it seep into the caning. Leave the wet towel on the chair for at least five minutes so that the water has a chance to seep into the reeds.
4. When the five minutes is up, take the towel off and wipe away any excess water. Let the chair air dry for about forty eight hours before you try sitting on it. You won't believe how the caning will shrink, and make that chair useable and beautiful once again.