Using specialized tools and working with often-delicate fabrics and other materials means that exercising caution is essential to a successful furniture repair job. Fixing upholstery, restoring antique pieces of furniture, and repairing leather not only requires careful dexterity and a keen sleight of hand, but also an eye for detail (and don’t get us started on IICRC certification).
All things considered, a quality furniture repair job requires patience and the desire to make something look new again. After all, as a furniture repair technician working for FSN, you’re here to make something better, not injure yourself and create a worse situation.
Your Nationwide Source For Upholstery Jobs And More As A Furniture Repair Technician
At Furniture Solutions Network, our aim is to hire independent contractors specializing in commercial and in-home furniture repair. Since our founding in 2001, we’ve grown from a team of one to an expansive network covering the entire continental United States. The good news? We’re always hiring and looking for dedicated and thorough individuals who are as passionate about furniture repair as we are.
If a lucrative career in the furniture repair industry sounds up your alley, we encourage you to learn more about our career opportunities. In this blog post, we’ll be covering some of the most common safety pointers that all certified furniture repair technicians are required to know (and put into practice on a daily basis). Let’s get started.
Proper Eye Protection
When you think “eye protection” as an on-the-job requirement, you may think of mechanics, carpenters/woodworkers, assembly line workers, and other manufacturing-based vocations. While that’s absolutely valid, furniture repair technicians frequently wear eye protection in the form of goggles. This is largely due to any chemicals used in the furniture repair or cleaning process as well as shielding the eyes against any flying shards of wood or fabric.
The eyes are one of the most important parts of the body. We think that Dwight Schute of The Office said it best when it comes to the vulnerability of the eyes: “The eyes are the groin of the head.”
Masks And Respirators
In certain cases, mouth and/or nose protection may also be necessary in addition to proper eye protection. For instance, you may be sanding down a wood table or applying a rather volatile varnish to a brand new chair leg, resulting in airborne carcinogens that simply aren’t safe to breathe in. As obvious as it sounds, a fitting mask will prevent our furniture repair technicians from breathing any of that junk in.
Under no circumstances is the use of alcohol or illicit drugs permitted in the context of furniture repair. It doesn’t matter if it concerns commercial or in-home furniture repair; the simple truth of the matter is that we drug test our furniture repair technicians to ensure that they’re providing the best repair services possible.
Your commercial furniture repair job probably isn’t in the middle of a busy construction zone, and though we don’t wear hard hats, we think that it’s important to protect our toes. It’s not uncommon for our technicians to use power tools and other forms of heavy equipment that could accidentally land on their feet. Even a heavy piece of furniture itself could result in a major foot injury without a solid and supportive pair of boots to break the fall!
Using The Right Tools For The Job
Without the appropriate tools, it’s near impossible to fix or repair something — just ask virtually any mechanic. Forcing a ⅜ inch socket wrench to function as a fine paintbrush just isn’t going to go over well; in many cases, using the wrong tool can result in more harm than good. We’re here to repair your furniture, not induce yet another headache.
From the proverbial measuring tape and leveling instrument to an overflowing toolbox, using the right tools is not just a matter of competence, but also safety.
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Check our careers page for updates on in-home and commercial furniture repair jobs. From leather repair to fabric cleaning, wood repair, upholstery repair, and more, we’re always offering great opportunities in the furniture repair industry. Contact us today with any questions!