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Wicker furniture is an attractive addition to your patio or indoor living area and adds a vintage, country-chic feel to your home. However, the woven design of wicker furniture can leave some people feeling intimidated when it comes to cleaning and maintaining it. However, it's not difficult to keep your wicker furniture in good condition when you know how, so here are a few cleaning and maintenance tips that can be applied to both natural and resin wicker furniture:
Use Your Vacuum
To remove dust from wicker furniture, use the brush attachment on your vacuum. Regular vacuuming should keep dust out of the crevices, but if you do have dust in hard-to-reach areas of your furniture, such as in woven corners, you can use a soft, dry paintbrush or a can of compressed air with the straw attachment that's often used for cleaning keyboards.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
Harsh cleaning chemicals can cause wicker to dry out and crack, so if you have a build-up of dirt or sticky food residue on your wicker furniture, use a soft brush and warm water with a few drops of detergent to gently remove marks. For stubborn stains or oil-based marks, you can add a few drops of ammonia to your soapy water. You will need to allow your wicker furniture to completely dry before using it, as putting weight on damp wicker can cause sagging and compromise the strength of the wicker. Allow your furniture to air-dry outdoors or use a fan indoors to speed up drying time, but don't use a heat source to dry it, as this can make wicker brittle and prone to breakage.
Wicker furniture kept in a humid environment can quickly develop mould and mildew in its crevices. A mild oil-based soap can work well to remove mildew, but to prevent damage, it's best to keep humidity down in your home by regularly airing out your home and promoting good air circulation or using a dehumidifier in any room that has wicker furniture. To restore natural wicker that's dulled due to having mould and mildew scrubbed off it, rub it down with linseed oil using a soft cloth.
Protect From The Elements
Wicker can be damaged by hot sun, rain and cold temperatures, so when you're not using wicker furniture that's located outside or in a conservatory that heats up during the summer months, cover it over with a patio furniture cover that's waterproof, heat-reflective and breathable. If you decide to store wicker furniture in a garage or outbuilding, consider seasonal temperature changes in your chosen storage area and take steps to control the temperature, such as installing a heater or fan.
These tips will help your furniture stay in good condition for longer and prevent the need for repair work when damaged wicker breaks. If you have specific questions about the placement of wicker furniture in your home or garden, consult your local wicker furniture store.Share