Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Wicker Furniture


Kacey BradleyWhether you're designing a space for your living room or patio, wicker furniture can provide a complementary addition to your home. However, to keep it good-looking and sturdy, it's vital to clean and maintain your wicker furniture properly.

Being a natural product with plant fibers and reeds woven together, wicker furniture needs specialized, time intensive care to look and operate its best. With an awareness for distinct needs and tips for proper care, you can safeguard your wicker furniture from damaging circumstances and maintain its value for years to come.

General Wicker Furniture Care

Regardless of the material or its specific use, a commitment to routine cleaning and maintenance will do wonders for the preservation and quality of your wicker furniture.

For proper care, the handling of wicker furniture is largely dependent on whether or not it's coated in resin. If it is, all-purpose cleaners can be used to remove dirty spots. If it's not, mild cleaning techniques should be applied.

Regular dustings are important to keep your wicker furniture in excellent condition and extend its life, but the use of a microfiber duster or soft cloth is recommended to gently maintain your furniture and avoid any damage. Alternatively, the brush attachment on your vacuum can be used if the suction level is kept low. For areas where dirt has accumulated that are tougher to clean, you can employ a small soft-bristled paintbrush or toothbrush.

After meticulous dusting, a cleaning cloth should be dampened with mild soap and warm water to clean the surface of your wicker furniture, giving it a crisp shine. If you're concerned about cleaning your wicker furniture to remove mildew or mold, create a mixture that's 25% white vinegar and 75% water, proceeding to scrub the surface of your wicker furniture again.

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