I have had a few requests lately about how to spiff up (translate as clean or refurbish) a Macomber Loom. Usually one thinks of cleaning as a Spring activity, but here in my studio, I find that winter is the perfect time. I don't have the distractions of the gardens or summer activities and today's weather does not lure me to be out side for long. So here in my studio, the time is perfect to do a bit of loom maintenance.
I blogged about the Vaseline on the B4 and B5 models. Read about this in a March entry. Similarly you need to occasionally put Vaseline on the CP models where the jack post inserts into the bottom of the harness.
Here are some other CP cleaning/spiffing tasks.
Use a small brush to clean the dust and lint out of the wooden harness tracks.
Spray a bit of silicon spray on these same tracks.
The same steps are followed to clean the tracks below where the lamms slide in the wooden tracks.
If the wood finish on your loom is looking worn and scuffed. Use a fine grade steel wool to gently rub the surface. Then use a Pledge spray or similar product to seal the wood. I find that weavers often use masking tape to hold down their raddle. Over this habit over time will build up a gummy deposit on the wood. Steel wool will remove this material and the oil will bring the wood back.
If the finish is in very rough shape, use the steel wool to remove the flaking and chipped varnish. Then apply a satin finish polyurethane such as Minwax.
If the finish is simply dirty (coffee, tea or perhaps wine spills!) use Murphy's Oil soap to gently wash it. Dry and apply the Pledge.
These looms are work horses, but like all animals they need TLC, feeding and tending. Love your loom and it will give you MANY, I repeat MANY years of excellent service. I consistently sell parts to weavers who have looms that are 40, 50 and even 60 years old.
You will be a happier weaver from your time spent caring for your loom. Trust me!
Happy weaving! As always, I enjoy hearing from you ~ Sarah
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