How To Take Care Of Wicker Furniture

by Jayden Fisher

If you have just bought some wicker furniture for your home, you will want to do your best to keep it looking new and at its best. Wicker furniture is visually appealing and comes in a variety of colors and styles. Since the pieces are woven, it is easy for debris to get embedded within. With a little effort, it is possible to keep your wicker furniture looking as new is it was when you first purchased the set. Here are some instructions that you can use to keep your wicker furniture in stellar condition.

Dirt Removal

Take a vacuum cleaner and use a soft-bristled brush attachment to remove any debris from your furniture regularly. Do a spot check to take away any stray pieces of dirt or debris with a pair of tweezers. You can also use a small paintbrush to sweep the particles out of the crevices.

If your wicker is made from reed, you will be able to lightly wash using water and a mild detergent. Take a garden hose to rinse and simply leave outdoors to dry thoroughly after cleansing. If your wicker is made from paper fiber, it is not supposed to get wet at all, so make sure that your wicker is pure reed material before using water to clean.

Weather Conditions

Humidity is bad for wicker as it can cause it to mold or mildew. Keeping it in warm conditions can also cause it to dry out and crack, so you will need to find a spot for your furniture where it is not too hot or too moist. If you notice that your furniture has the beginning of mold growing on the surface, you will need to wash it down right away with a solution of water and bleach. Afterwards, leave it outdoors in a shady area where the wind will be able to dry the furniture. Do not attempt to use the furniture for a few days so that the material will be completely dry before adding weight.

The sun can damage your wicker by fading the material. It can also cause it to become very brittle, compromising the durability of the furniture. Wet weather will cause the furniture to weaken, as well. The frames will often begin to warp if left outside in an area where there is excess moisture. For this reason, you should not leave furniture in an area where it would be subjected to snow, rain, or sprinklers. Many people use their furniture on screened-in porch areas rather than in their garden or on a deck without an overhang.

For more information about caring for furniture, contact a company like Carol's Design House.