Thursday, February 18, 2016

3 Tips on Restoring a Barcelona Chair

By Gretchen Sawatzki

Barcelona chair designed in 1929.
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Collectors and modern design lovers of all kinds seek the Barcelona chair for its simplistic, yet sensible design, but usual wear and tear on these chairs can mean cleaning metal, cleaning upholstery, and replacing straps. If your Barcelona chair is in need of some TLC, we've got 3 easy fixes you can do at home to keep your Barcelona chair in great shape:

1). For rust, try using naval jelly. Wearing gloves in a well-ventilated area, apply the jelly using a wire brush working the pits and heavy rusted areas. After 5 - 10 minutes the naval jelly will dissolve the rust. Wipe clean to reveal like-new metal.

2). To clean the upholstery, start by wiping it down with a dry cloth, then vacuum the surface to remove all debris. Next, wet a cotton rag with warm water and a mild soap (like Ivory soap), blot the upholstery being sure not to wipe too hard or to soak the leather - this can damage the upholstery. Once dry, apply a leather conditioner. To keep your leather looking its best, keep it out of the sunlight, condition it often, and keep it in a room with about 50% humidity.

3). For worn straps, our friends at the Regency Shop have the solution with their how-to videos on removing and replacing the worn straps on a Barcelona chair.

           Videos courtesy of Regency Shop

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