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Wicker-tastic! How to care for your wicker furniture

 

Whether it be accessories or furniture, wicker is here in a big way. But did you know the term wicker doesn’t apply to the material, but rather the term "wicker" refers to the technique of bending and weaving a material such as paper, rattan, bamboo or other grasses. Today wicker is also made from synthetic materials, like resins, which are fantastic for outdoor settings.

Most Wicker furniture is resilient, especially those made from synthetic materials for outdoor use. But regardless of what your wicker is made of, a little TLC goes a long way. Regular cleaning is the key to keeping your wicker looking tip top.

There are a few simple rules to follow for all types of wicker. Both natural and synthetic wicker will last longer if kept out of direct sunlight.  Over time direct sun will damage the material causing splits and cracks. Try to keep your furniture in a shaded spot under the patio, but if your furniture is not protected by shelter, consider investing in covers to extend its life. Another solution is to simply move it indoors during wet weather or when the temperature is very hot or very cold. Due to the tight weaving, all wicker is susceptible to mildew, so it’s important to ensure your wicker has a chance to dry off after a day by the pool or wet weather. But don’t panic, mildew can be cleaned from most wicker with the right treatments, but as a rule try to avoid damp humid areas.

 

 

The next step in caring for your wicker is to determine what your wicker is made from. Look carefully at your product or check with your supplier to be sure. So now you know a few simple rules, lets break it down in materials.

 

Natural Wicker

A good trick is to grab your vacuum, using an attachment piece you can ensure that any dust or dirt is removed from the cracks and crevasses. When the vacuum just won’t cut it, spot clean with a mild solution of dish washing liquid and warm water. Using an old rag or brush gently remove any unwanted marks or stains. Rinse clean to remove any excess solution using a clean rag or sponge and most importantly allow your furniture to completely dry before using it to avoid mildew.

Resin Wicker

While your vacuum will also work on resin wicker, this type of wicker allows you to be a little rougher. A good hose down and a gentle scrub with soapy water will do a great job on resin wicker. Remember to also rinse it well after. to remove any soapy residue and always allow your furniture to completely dry before using it to avoid mildew.

And last but not least, always take care of any snags or cracks straight away. Making small repairs straight away will save you a trip to the repair man or having to replace a whole piece.

 

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