While some antiques sit unused through the decades, perfectly preserved, more suffer the ravages of time and use. For antique sofas, this anguish may include upholstery tears, molds, rusted frames and several other problems. Attention to detail is essential when dealing with any or all of these problems during the patio sofa restoration process. Different visible damages from mere dirt giving the patio sofa a thorough cleaning. Clean furniture by wiping dirt with a clean soft cloth. Detergents and, in some cases, abrasive cloth rags can remove not only dirt but also the finish, which should remain intact if possible. Before fixing the damage to an antique patio sofa, make a catalog of the total damages on the sofa.
After having composed the list of damages, restoring an old patio sofa begins with structural repair. When restoring an item, the goal is to keep the item as authentic as possible. Repairs, whenever possible, use the same materials in a repair that were used in the construction. In the case of crack repair and other structural damage, this often means hiding glue. Skin glue is made of animal skins and was glue used in furniture before mass production. Missing parts, like a chair leg, look for an original replacement if possible. If you cannot find a spare part, a carpenter can sometimes fashion a replacement.
12 Photos Gallery of: Process to Restore an Antique Patio Sofa
If the antique patio sofa is sufficiently finished intact after cleaning, then it only needs occasional cleaning. If, however, large gaps present in the final, require finishing. Pull the original finish by using semi paste stripper, liquid stripper finish or very fine grain sandpaper. This will gently remove the finish without damaging the underlying structure. Once the piece is stripped, use a replacement that is near the end of the original and apply a uniform amount of the lacquer to each part. Often, antique upholstery is broken or unusable. If this is the case, tap with as close to the same material as possible using the same colors and, if possible, the same patterns as the original.