How to Fix Patio Chair – Step by Step
How do your fix your old patio chair? Probably, it is broken, sagging, or requires maintenance. But what is the best technique to clean patio chair cushions and fix patio chair straps giving them a new look? We all know nothing lasts forever. Your casual outdoor patio chair may have received a beating thanks to exposure to the extreme weather elements, chlorine from the pool and other elements.
If your outdoor furniture is a major investment and requires some kind of refurbishment, you can have it professionally refurbished or alternatively you can do it yourself. Refurbishing costs may range from low to high depending on the complexity.
You can find some of the materials needed for the repair online at an affordable cost. However, it is important to conduct extensive research. Also, there are plenty of online resources and videos that can be of help.
How to Clean Patio Chair Cushions and Canvas
- Scrub Bottle
- Spray Bottle
- Fabric Protector Spray
- Dish Washing Detergent
The tools and supplies needed are readily available.
Mix the Solution
Combine one tablespoon of Borax and an equal part of dish washing detergent in quart warm water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and mix thoroughly.
Saturating the pillows
Saturate both surfaces of the cushion with a generous amount of the cleaning solution. Ensure the solution gets into all the creases and crevices. It will help clean the mildew and mold.
Wash and let it dry
Let the cleaning mixture soak in for about 15 minutes. Use a garden hose on high pressure to spray on the cushions. It helps knock off the dirt and remove the cleaning solution from the cushions. Allow the cushions to dry thoroughly.
Spray the fabric protector on the cushions. It protects the cushions and makes cleaning in the future an easy process.
If you have removable canvas, it can be machine washed. However, for canvas that cannot be removed, use a scrub brush and rub some soap across the canvas. Do so severally. Fels-Naptha soap works best on canvas by removing stubborn stains.
Once the canvas is clean, you can use a spray bottle or hose pipe to rinse it off.
How do you the fix patio chair straps?
After many years of use and exposure to the sun, the patio chair becomes loose and fades. However, the metal structure remains in good frame. Re-strapping involves measuring, cutting, and fixing the straps on the patio chairs using rivets.
For this project, you will need:
- Tape measure
- Leather punch or electric drill(optional)
- Hammer /rubber mallet
- Hot gun
Remove the old straps
Use a pair of scissors to cut off the fasteners and old straps. While at it, clean the chair frame.
Prepare new straps
Using a measuring tape, get the correct measurement of the frame. Wrap the tape around the frame like a strap for the accurate measurement.
Calculate the strap length based on your measurements. Cut the straps into the desired length and number of strips.
Punch or drill holes for the rivets. Use an electric drill or leather punch to drill a hole the center of the strap preferably at ½’ from the strap’s end. Drill hole on both sites.
After cutting and drilling on all the straps, trim the corners.
Softening the vinyl straps
You can insert the strips in hot water or use a heat gun for about 30 seconds. Use gloves to avoid getting burnt. Use tongs to remove the straps and dry with a towel. Insert the rivets on both ends of the strap.
Attach to the frame
Attach the strap to the frame while still hot. Approach the frame below. Push in the rivet into the hole of the frame. Bring the strand from the outside. If it proves difficult, use a hammer or rubber mallet.
Stretch the tape evenly and pull over to the opposite side of the chair. Ensure is properly and securely attached. Repeat the process till the process is complete.
Your chair is ready for use
Ensure the straps are tightly fixed to avoid collapsing under the heavy weight.
It is important to note this is a basic re strapping technique. Some chairs and repairs might require complex repairs. Here are few ideas that may inspire your creativity. Do I need a repair or a replacement? Sometimes, the patio chairs may need a simple fix, and the cleaning may work wonders on the cushions. Sometimes, it may be economical to find another replacement. Our trained professionals will guide you on the best course of action.
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