I am refinishing a pair of rocking chairs with fiber rush (paper twine) seats. The chairs were never used and were stored in a dusty damp basement. The seats were never finished and other than a few years of dust are in great shape. Does anyone have a suggestion for gently cleaning the rush seats? I am finishing the oak chair with blond stain and probably a urethane type semi gloss finish. I was thinking I could use a spray flat or semi gloss on the seats to give the color some richness and protect them. Is this a good idea or are there other suggestions? Does anyone have experience with this material? Thanks for your time and support.
I ended up using a stiff bristle brush to clean the seats and then brushed on a coat of shellac in a can. I'm not sure how long this treatment will last but aesthetically it came out great. I will be posting the pair of rocking chairs as a project as soon as I finish applying stain on the second chair.
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