We've been hard at work refurbishing two looms so graciously donated to us by Leslie Baugh:

In case you're looking to refurbish your own loom, we're going to lead you step by step through the process!

Andrew Carter diligently cleans the frame of a cranbrook loom

Andrew Carter diligently cleans the frame of a cranbrook loom

First, make a small bucket of diluted Murphy's Oil Soap and wipe (scrub, if necessary) every wooden surface on the loom with a rag you've dipped into the solution. You may need to disassemble parts of the loom.

Any metal parts should be checked for rust. Heavily corroded parts should be replaced, but low levels of corrosion can be removed. Use a food-grade silicone lube or plain white vinegar and spray or wipe liquid onto rusty areas. Let it sit for a few minutes and begin scrubbing with a low grit sandpaper. Once you've removed any rust, wipe with a clean towel (paper towel is ok too).

Reassemble the parts you've cleaned and/or repaired and make sure you tighten all screws/nuts/bolts -- and revel in the gorgeous like-new loom you have in front of you!