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FAQ's About Chair Caning Restoration

1. Will re-caning adversely affect the value of my chair?

Not at all! It actually enhances the value with the intended weave.

2. Should I color the natural cane?

Resist the temptation to color your chair weave. Left alone, the weave will develop a beautiful patina in just a few years. Staining actually causes the material to break down prematurely. Cane has a natural finish which stain will not properly penetrate. Splints, however, will accept color.

3. Does my caned chair need specific care?

Like all things in life, proper care is important. It keeps the seat strong and durable. Caned seats are designed for weight distribution over the entire caned area. It will not tolerate standing or knee pressure. Respect the caned seat and you will receive many years of use.

4. How should I care for the splints?

Splints should be rubbed with oil once a year. A light Danish oil is ideal. Lemon oil is a good alternative.  Wipe on. Wait 20 minutes then wipe off excess. Do not use seat for 24 hours after treatment. This will ensure the oil has been completely absorbed.

5. How do I care for the cane?

Cane is a natural product made from the rattan vine with a natural finish. Over time, it can stretch and sag, causing wear against the sides of the chair at stress points. A good preventive is to soak the seat with water by placing a wet towel over the cane. Wipe any moisture from the wood. Leave the towel on for 30 minutes.

Allow the cane to dry naturally for at least 24 hours prior to further use. Over the years, as the cane begins to dry out, the water helps to keep the cane from becoming dry and brittle. Soaking should be done once a year or every 6 months if the chair is exposed to elements such as heat ducts or sunlight.

6. How do I care for my Rush seat?

When new, allow 2-3 weeks curing time before adding any type of cushions. Several coats of shellac protect the outside surface of the seat. DO NOT use polyurethane! 

As the chair is used, this finish will wear away. If exposed to sunlight, as in a sunny room, it would be best to renew the finish every year.

7. Are Rush seats kid-friendly?


8. What is the difference between caning and weaving?

Most people tend to refer to all weaves as cane, but that is not the case. There are many types of weaves. the chair dictates which weave it can accept. Four rail chairs offer choices between splint and rush, for example. Learn more about chair caning and weave types on on Chair Caning & Weave Types page.

9. I live far away. Can you still work with me?

Many people travel through the Shenandoah Valley visiting family or friends, stay in area time shares or visit the many attractions this area has to offer. With advanced notice, we can work with you to get your repairs done while you are here. Give us a call; we will work with you! (540) 383-2854

One Good Rule of Thumb

If the chair will hold you, the seat will withstand.