Over the course of time, a cane-chair seat stretches and becomes loose from use. This stretching and loosening of the cane can permanently damage it or lead to falls and furniture breakage. cane-chairs are available in a wide variety of styles both old and new. The damage can be difficult to fix, so maintenance is always best. cane-chairs are woven from either natural fibers such as rattan or a tightly twisted heavy weight paper. Weaving new cane for chairs takes a lot of time, effort and experience depending on the style of the weave and intricacy of the design. Whether you have a cane swivel chair or a cane dining chair or even a cane folding chair, the repair method is the same, as long as it caning is not broken.
Vacuum the cane-chair seat to remove excess dust, dirt and debris. Use a paint brush to sweep out tight woven areas. This should be done on a regular basis to keep dirt and debris from damaging the caning.
Lay a large, absorbent towel under it or bring the cane-chair outdoors as long as it is a hot, dry and sunny day.
Turn the cane-chair over, chair legs facing upward.
Don rubber gloves.
Fill a pail with very hot water, not boiling water, only as hot as your faucet allows.
Dip a large sponge in the hot water. Do not use a sponge that has been pre-soaked with detergent. Detergent can leave stains on the caning. A plain, clean sponge is best.
Place the sopping wet sponge on the cane seat and press the sponge into it caning.
Repeat over the entire cane seat.
Wipe the water off of the wooden chair frame.
Allow the cane seat chair to dry. As it dries the caning will shrink and tighten. Avoid using it for 2 to 3 days to ensure thorough drying.
As a regular part of cane-chair maintenance, every week or two, depending on use, turn your cane-chair over, fill a spray bottle with hot water and mist the underside of the cane seat. Allow the cane-chair seat to dry for 2 to 3 hours before sitting on it. This regular maintenance will keep chair caning tight and will help to avoid cracking and breaking due to overly dry caning.
For a valuable or antique cane-chair, seek the help of a professional restoration specialist to avoid damage.