Wicker Furniture Care
By its nature, wicker furniture can be tough to clean. It has multiple small crevices and is therefore liable to harbour dirt. But like all frequently used household items, wicker furniture should be regularly cleaned.
It is important to know which type of wicker you have, because you may need to treat it differently. Wicker furniture falls into three broad categories: natural, synthetic or a combination.
For natural wicker, it may be made of reed or paper. Natural wicker is generally less durable than synthetic wicker, because natural wicker often requires sealing and varnishing while synthetic wicker does not.
- Vacuum wicker furniture with the bristle brush attachment to get rid of excess dust, leaving it ready for a more thorough clean. With painted wicker, make sure you go easy with the brush to not scrape off any paint.
- Use a toothbrush, tweezers or pliers to quickly get at trouble spots. The toothbrush head is smaller than the brush of the vacuum and will therefore reach more easily into tighter spaces.
- For any dirt particles trapped inside that can’t be wiped away, use tweezers or pliers, taking care not to damage the wicker.
- Older wicker, especially natural wicker – often has stray pieces that break off and stick out. If this is the case with your furniture, do not pull at the stray piece to break it off. Instead, trim with scissors or a knife.
- With synthetic wicker, you can take your furniture outside and spray it with your hose and apply some light detergent, or tackle it indoors with a bucket and cloth.
- With reed wicker, use a slightly wet cloth and some soap or detergent, but be careful if your wicker has been painted, because the water may strip it off.
- Do not use water on paper wicker, as it will warp and deform your furniture.
- Make sure you thoroughly rinse and dry your wicker right away and before it’s used again.
- If your wicker is synthetic, it can dry in the sun outside.
- If your wicker is natural, spot-drying with a hair dryer, on a cold setting, or with a fan will work wonders.
- Do not let wet natural wicker stand for too long without drying, as it might grow mould or develop mildew.
- With a regular clean wicker furniture looks great and remains strong throughout its lifespan.
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