Wicker Patio Furniture Care
First off, you should know that there are two different types of wicker furniture; Natural Wicker and Synthetic Wicker. The term “Wicker” refers to the technique of bending and weaving the materials. There is the old-fashioned style of wicker furniture, often made from wood based materials (natural wicker) and then there is the more popular style of wicker (synthetic wicker) which is made from PVC plastic or vinyl. Each material has its own benefits, but keeping them clean and well maintained will ensure that you can enjoy your furniture for many years to come.
Cleaning Natural Wicker
Natural wicker furniture should be cleaned regularly. For dust and light dirt, a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment is recommended to remove dust from the crevices. Then, use a moist cloth to finish the cleaning. If your furniture is heavily soiled, using a mixture of mild soap and water, should do the trick. You can use a sponge or a soft brush to reach difficult areas, and then proceed to dry with a damp cloth.
* Make sure to never sit on damp wicker furniture as this could cause it to deform.
Cleaning Synthetic Wicker
The first step in cleaning synthetic wicker is to vacuum or use a soft brush on the woven material to remove organic debris and prevent decay. Using a soft sponge, wash with mild detergent and warm water to remove dirt. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and allow it to dry completely before using. Synthetic Wicker tends to be more durable, and less prone to rot and splintering than Natural Wicker. This is not to say that you should not take proper care of it; instead, good maintenance will make it last even longer.
Preventative Maintenance For Wicker Furniture
Take Care Of The Furniture's Finish
You should inspect your wicker patio furniture periodically for any scratches or chips in the finish. Oftentimes, natural wicker is painted. You’ll want to be sure to use care when cleaning and avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasives. If the painted surface becomes worn, scratched or chipped, lightly sand the area with fine grit sandpaper. Next, clean and dry the area, then apply touch-up spray paint.
Inspect The Frames
You’ll also want to inspect the furniture frames for any loose or broken strands of wicker weave. If you should find any issues, consult the manufacturer or retail store where you purchased your furniture for specific instructions about repairing these.
Cover Up Your Furniture
Although patio furniture is made to be outdoors, it will last much longer if you limit its exposure to sun and water. Direct sunlight and rain exposure can quickly deteriorate every material, no matter what it is. It is hard on paint, and the natural wicker fibers can unravel and crack. For this reason, covering up your furniture while it’s not in use, or storing it away during the rainy season is your best chance to keep it looking amazing.
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