Tips For Restoring Wicker Furniture

wicker chairNothing amazes the eyes than the glimpse and feel of some old antique wicker furniture sitting peacefully on the lawn. This artistic impression is best expressed only if the wicker furniture is in apposite condition. It is for this reason that you need to master the ideal approach to restore the wicker furniture’s glory to ensure that the outdoor is embellished by these creative designs.

To understand as well as master the art of restoring wicker furniture, first you need to know what wicker furniture really is. “Wicker” is actually the act of weaving using pliable fibres. This is a term used to describe any woven furniture or basket made with pliable materials such as rattan reed, paper fibre rush, willow, cane, or grass, including most recently, resin and plastic strands. Most old-fashioned wicker furniture are completely woven using either paper fibre rush or rattan reed, which is different from the usual cane seat chair design that reflects a blend of the old and the new age. So how do you restore this kind of furniture?

Restoring “Wicker”

Examination plus assessment

Ensure you begin with a thorough examination of your furniture. By this I mean that you should remove any cushions (if any), then place the wicker where there is enough light; from here you can assess the exact damage. This will guide you into knowing whether your furniture needs a simple cleanup job or something extensive such as paint job. Remember to check the frame, or any loose weave mostly around the legs.

Cleaning

wicker furnitureOnce you confirm the wicker issue, start cleaning. A stiff-bristled brush is best recommended to reach the nooks as well as crevices. You can also cut bristles of a normal paintbrush in half, or in other cases a toothbrush can be used to scrub the dirt off the wicker. If vacuum is your preferred alternative, use the vacuum brush attachment. A solution of warm water with a few drops of dish-washing soap, with a soft sponge can also be used to clean the furniture. Use less water to avoid soaking the furniture allowing it to completely dry before anyone uses it.

Check for Loose Strands

Check around the arms, legs, and other areas to see whether there are any loose strands. If so, use super glue or epoxy glue to keep every weave intact.

Replacing Strands

In case a strand is shredded making it cut through the frame, you will have to replace it. Wicker strips are available in craft stores, and if possible you can get them from wicker manufacturers all over. Once you acquire these strips, soak them in water for approximately 30 minutes to make them flexible and easy to weave. Pull the shredded strip and cut it immediately above the damage bit, then measure the strand. Use this measurement to cut the new strand two inches more, and then weave following the same pattern used in the furniture; a needle-nose pliers is effective for a tight finish.

Painting

Now that you have the repairs done, it is time to enhance the wicker appearance. If you are indoors, spread an old sheet on the floor then place the wicker on top. Use spray paint instead of brush since it penetrates all the corners and crevices. Complete the restoration process by coating the furniture using lacquer for a silky finish.

Remember to avoid exposing your wicker to rain or direct sunlight to ensure that the furniture serves you well. So the next time you come across a store selling outdoor furniture, especially wicker, invest in this beautiful work of art.

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