Thonet's cantilever chairs were very cheap in the sale of remaining stock and are now under the dining table.

What we hadn't considered: that the tubular steel of the frame is hard on the parquet floor and is not only loud when sliding back and forth, but can also cause unsightly scratches.

So felt pads were needed to prevent scratches on the wood.

Finding the right floor protectors is a science in itself.

First we tried it with felt adhesives, later with felt gliders to click on, but both systems were not convincing in the long run because the protectors quickly slipped or wore out.

A carpet was the better solution.

As an alternative to fire, use the hair dryer

Petra Kirchhoff

Editor in the Rhein-Main-Zeitung.

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In the meantime, the remains of adhesive remained on the steel pipe, to which a remnant of the price tag was also stubbornly stuck.

We tried various tricks: we soaked soft rags in olive and coconut oil, also with nail polish remover.

Maybe we were too impatient, we should have held the rags a little harder and let the fats and acetone work in a little longer.

In any case, it didn't work thoroughly enough.

So at last, and with great fear of ruining the chairs, we reached for the lighter.

Because we had read that adhesive becomes liquid again at a consistently high temperature and can then be wiped off just as easily as the soot that can form.

Of course, you should proceed cautiously.

For less stubborn adhesive residue, a hair dryer will certainly suffice.

In our case, however, the lighter did a very good job, and we are happy to pass on the hot tip to everyone who has so far worked through adhesive residues in vain.