Wicker furniture has a timeless beauty that can last through any fad in the decorating business. When you purchase a quality wicker item, you want to be sure you know the material used in the fabrication process and what type of paint is used if the piece if painted.
If you have a piece of wicker furniture, you should always care for and clean it regularly to preserve its quality and design. If you put enough care in to your wicker pieces they should last as long as or longer than any other piece of furniture you may own. The following tips will help you preserve your wicker furniture.
Just like your floors, you should vacuum your wicker pieces regularly to prevent dust from settling in the delicate rattan fibers. You should use a low speed on your vacuum cleaner and a soft brush, always brush with the grain of the weave on the piece.
Once a year it is suggested to lightly clean your piece with a diluted ammonia mixture. Mix one tablespoon of ammonia to half a gallon of water and gently scrub the furniture lifting and built up grime or stains.
For more detailed cleaning instructions, check out our Caring Tips for Wicker.
Since quality wicker is made of natural fibers, it can dry out. Dryness is one of the most common reasons for wicker furniture’s deterioration. You can prevent and correct this dryness quite easily.
To prevent your wicker from drying out, never leave it in direct sunlight, even the furniture used outdoors. Always store it in a slightly shaded area. Never leave wicker in the rain or other wet weather. If your furniture does get wet make sure to place it in the shade and leave it dry without sitting on or otherwise using it. Wetness can bend and break and eventually ruin your wicker furniture.
Resin Wicker furniture is gaining great popularity on decks and in other outdoor spaces. This furniture is woven with a type of plastic rather than rattan to make it more durable and weather safe. It’s most important to ensure any debris found in your resin wicker be removed quickly as it can stain and break the material down. To clean it, use an all-purpose cleaner and a soft cloth. For added luster you can add a thin layer of car wax to preserve and protect for years to come.