Furniture made of natural wicker is a beautiful and practical addition to the home. Wicker furniture is very functional and versatile, and with proper care it can last for years. Due to its organic components, such as rattan, bamboo, and other wood and reed material, wicker products need special care to preserve their look and function. Regular cleaning and sealing will ensure your wicker furniture will last longer and look as good as new, even after years of use.
4 Simple Steps to Cleaning Natural Wicker
Keeping your wicker furniture clean is not difficult, but it needs to be done on a regular basis. Follow these simple steps to keep you wicker products clean and functioning:
1. Dust the wicker using a vacuum cleaner with a dust attachment. You may also use a dry, soft cloth, or a soft brush to remove the dust from the surface.
2. Mix a solution of mild detergent and water. Do not use a foam cleaner, which can trap moisture in crevices and hard to reach areas, and avoid harsh chemicals, as they can damage natural wicker materials
3. Gently clean the wicker using a soft cloth dipped in the water solution, but do not drench the furniture in water. Excess water can cause unwanted mold and mildew, loosen glue joints, and cause warping or bowing. Harsh chemicals may also discolor the finish. Use a soft bristled brush dipped in water to clean hard-to-reach areas. You may also use a hose with gentle spray for rinsing, taking care not to completely soak the wicker.
4. Dry the wicker thoroughly before using it. It is also ideal to wash small areas of the wicker at a time, drying it completely before moving on to cleaning another part. This is the most important part of wicker care as using, or otherwise handling wicker before it’s completely dry can cause much damage.
Sealing Your Wicker Products
Sealing the wicker is an important part of caring for your wicker products. It is especially important to keep natural wicker protected in cold weather, as the elements can make the wood freeze and crack. To avoid this from happening, apply protective sealant to the wicker. Water-sealing natural wicker will keep the moisture away, and prolong the life of wicker products. Clear lacquer sealant can be applied by spraying, or with a paint brush. Be sure to cover the entire surface and let the wicker dry completely. You may also use tung oil, or shellac as an effective sealant. Water-resistant paints can further seal the wicker and protect it from moisture, and a thin coat of liquid furniture wax will keep bamboo wicker looking glossy.
Caring for your wicker furniture need not be a complicated or time-consuming chore. Giving your wicker a thorough cleaning on a regular basis, ensuring all spills are dealt with immediately, and applying sealant as needed to protect wicker’s natural materials from moisture, will keep your wicker furniture beautiful and functional for years to come.