Repair Cafés – what do we repair most?

Many different broken items are brought into each Repair Café.

Most of them require replacing a part. The second most popular procedure is cleaning, followed by stitching a seam. This is according to the latest analysis of the RepairMonitor, the online tool for data collection in Repair Cafés worldwide.

The magic touch of the repairer is sometimes all it takes.

Each month the Forest Row Repair Café completes its list of all work carried out. This helps us focus our own resources on where demand is greatest. 

In the international RepairMonitor, all volunteers indicate whether a repair was successful. If the answer is ‘yes’, they can also enter how the item was repaired. Glueing, soldering, greasing and grinding are popular procedures. Sometimes an item turns out not to be broken, or it is enough to explain its use or maintenance. In some cases, the repairer’s ‘magic touch’ is enough. Our word cloud shows the proportions of the types of repairs carried out.

Main reason for repair failure: no spare parts.

Replacement parts play a significant role in repairs that fail – the main reason being that spare parts were unavailable, not on the market or too expensive.

Electric heaters more popular since rise in gas prices.

The RepairMonitor clearly shows that developments on the world stage affect what we buy and how we treat our belongings. For example, electric heaters have become much more popular at Repair Cafés since the recent sharp rise in gas prices. Fan heaters were even the highest new entry in the RepairMonitor in 2022!

Vacuum cleaner repairs were most often entered, followed by coffee makers and trousers!

This shows how having spare parts is vital. The kind donations from all our customers help us buy whatever we can to help you. But for some repairs, if the customers know what is required it is also wonderful if they can purchase the part themselves, which we can then use to repair their treasured and much-needed items.

The next Forest Row Repair Café is 21st October, 10.00am – 1.00pm. We hope to see you there.