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Janet Craddock
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I am learning to reupholster and I have a Martha Washington style chair that has horse hair in the seat.  Should I try to reuse the horsehair or replace it with rubberized hair or perhaps use foam?  I have another question related to the springs, three of the nine springs have the knot on them should I replace the ones that do not with new springs? As soon as I saw the sharp ends of those six springs I thought it would tear through the seat materials however the seat cover was not torn. Thanks for your help!
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I say if it's not broke, don't fix it. Unless the springs are damaged, there's no need to replace them. I always reuse the horse hair whenever possible. It helps hold the value of the chair. If it's filthy or has been urinated on by cats for the past few decades, I'd replace it. There are some great videos on YouTube about restoring horse hair upholstery. Good luck.
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