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Repairing a Stiff Roll Top Desk

How do you make a stiff roll top desk roll up and down easier?

By karen17 from marion il.

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April 21, 20090 found this helpful
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Just what I was going to say; soap or wax or WD40.

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April 21, 20090 found this helpful
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I inherited my Father's antique rolltop desk and it needed some dust removed from the rolltop to make it open smoothly. I vacuumned the rolltop while closed along every movable part and moved the rolltop up and vacuumed the channels it moved in as much as possible. I also used furniture lemon oil on the channels and rolltop too. It worked for me.

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I have also used candle wax on sticky drawers before. Maybe that would help too. Good luck.

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April 20, 20090 found this helpful

Rub a bar of soap or a candle inside the grove that the slats roll up & down in then open & shut the desk 5 or 10 times.

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