Over time and through many years of usage, the wicker portions of a chair may become worn or need repair, especially rocking seats, since motion creates friction and movement contrary to the fibers while the chair is in use. As opposed to scrapping a rocker because its wicker back is at less-than-optimal contour, you can make basic repairs yourself with wood glue and replacement caning material. Fiber type, dimension and depth used on wicker furniture varies; require a piece of the existing material with you to your basket-weaving supply store or wicker specialty retailer to ensure an accurate match. Inspect the chair carefully, as you may need to make a number of different types of repairs.
Inspect the chair back carefully for split fibers. Glue loose ends back together with wood glue, with a small artist’s brush to apply the adhesive to the broken fiber. Squeeze the combined combined back together for a minute or so, then tape it down with painter’s tape to allow it to stay together until the adhesive dries in one hour or two.
Repair loose wicker wrappings that hold the rear onto the frame of their rocker by re-wrapping the old material. Unwind the existing material a few inches; you may need to pull out a tack holding it in place, using needle-nose pliers. Brush wood glue over the bottom of the loosened wrap, subsequently re-wrap the material. Hammer the tack back in place, if there’s one, or hold the wrap down with painter’s tape until the adhesive dries.
Remove the sag from a stretched-out wicker rocker back with moisture. Flip the rocker in order that it breaks with the sagging back facing upwards, with all the sag protruding upward. Implement a couple of damp hand towels over the sagging wicker, keeping away the towels from the rocker’s frame or non-wicker areas. Permit the towels to dry in place for several hours or even during nighttime. Remove the towels and then set the rocker upright, but do not use the chair for several days in order that the wicker can shrink back tight by itself. Sitting in the chair while it’s wet may stretch the wicker again.
Replace broken wicker fibers with new material of the exact same size and depth. Hold the new material near the damaged area and then cut a piece of the new fiber big enough to span the hole with scissors. Use Grass Care near house Phoenix snips when the fiber is too thick for scissors. Sand one end of the new material to your stage using sandpaper to make it easier to weave. Weave the new fiber through the damaged region, after the existing weave pattern. Slide the loose ends under existing fibers, cutting off excess with scissors or snips.