Wicker Furniture Care

Empty wicker rocking-chair in the gardenThe word “wicker” basically refers to a technique of weaving and bending materials such as rattan, paper, bamboo, other such grasses, or some thin woods like willow branches. There are 4 main types of wicker, they include; bamboo, rattan, reed and willow. Wicker furniture is generally among the most popularly used styles when it comes to outdoor decor. It’s pleasant to the eye and is very comfortable. Unfortunately, it may also get worn out and dirty. Keeping outdoor wicker furniture properly cleaned up should be a routine part of the outdoor maintenance routine.

Wicker Furniture Care

Dust your outdoor wicker furniture regularly. The wicker furniture is well known for its’ elegant woven appearance; however, the open weave pattern that’s in the back of the wicker chairs normally catches lots of dust and dirt. Keep the furniture clean by simply using a good feather duster to remove the dust/dirt out of the crevices. You may also use the right vacuum nozzle attachment and gently remove the dust bunnies from your wicker furniture. To keep the furniture from getting dirty quickly, buy some weatherproof cushions for the bases and backs of the wicker chairs and sofas. Cushions can also be used to update the antique wicker furniture which has started to fade.

Keep your furniture away from any moisture and excessive humidity. Wicker furniture can be easily destroyed by a prolonged exposure to some elements like snow and rain, and it doesn’t do well in the extremely humid environments. You need to store your wicker chairs and tables inside the house or in a well covered shed in order to keep them protected from weather damage. You should check the wicker tables for mildew and mold regularly, since their surfaces normally come into contact with food. In case you happen to find mildew or mold, clean the furniture using a bleach solution. Another simple solution for prolonging your furniture’s lifespan is covering it up or moving it to a much more protected area when the temperatures are too hot, rainy or cold.wicker furniture

To add more life to the wicker chair seats, use padded seat cushions. This is especially great for the woven reed wicker chairs and the paper fibre seats. Also, inspect the wicker furniture’s weave time to time. If there is any shifting, move that weave back to place using your fingers.

Outdoor wicker furniture is normally painted, and its’ finish may become damaged with time. Touch up spray paint may be employed to fix this.

Other Wicker Furniture Care Considerations:

Maybe once every other year, the raw wicker might need a complete washing. You can dust using a vacuum brush. You can scrub with some warm water and a detergent using a soft brush or a sponge; spray and rinse using a garden hose or put it under a shower. Dry the furniture soonest possible by using a hair drier, putting it out in the sun, or directing your fan to it in order to keep the air circulating. On the painted wicker furniture, only clean and rinse it as you’d painted wood; wetting it as mentioned above might crack and make the paint peel. If the wicker furniture has any wooden parts, don’t wet them.

Never sit or use the wicker til it’s completely dry. Give it several days to dry. After the wicker is completely dry, check all the surfaces for any sharp strands or other fuzzy places. Sand these places with a fine sandpaper.

Caution for Bamboo: Wipe with a sponge which has been dampened using sudsy water. Wipe with water and dry. Don’t rinse by hosing. Use a coat of wax (liquid) to restore its’ shine.

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