Cleaning Antique Rush Seats

lewrightNovember 15, 2010

I have two turn of the century rush seat chairs that have been in storage for years. I want to clean up and use them! Both are black stained frames with natural rush seats. It looks like the seat has a shiny varnish on it. The chairs are in excellent shape, but the seats have dirt wedged between the cracks. Research on cleaning these seats states that they should be vacuumed, and a moistened toothbrush should be used to get into the ridges.

Do you agree with these methods? I'm not sure this is going to be enough to really clean the seats. Also, should I attempt removing the varnish on the seats or will it be detrimental to the chair?

Please help! Thanks in advance...

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I have rush seated chairs that are not antique, but about 60 years old...
Mine have no varnish....are you sure they are rush and not splint or cane?
I agree on the vacuum and the tooth brush...but would use a dry softer brush before a toothbrush.
Linda C

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