How To Clean Wicker Furniture

How To Clean Wicker Furniture

3) Trim with scissors Suitable for all types of 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, because you could increase the damage. Instead, trim with scissors or a knife, much like you would an errant thread in clothing. 4) Wipe down with water and detergent Unsuitable for paper wicker 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 to thoroughly rinse and dry your wicker furniture right away, and before it’s used again. 5) Dry with a fan or hairdryer Use carefully for all types of wicker  Strategies for drying wicker include using a hairdryer, a fan, or the open air. 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 air 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. A regular clean keeps wicker furniture looking great and remaining strong; with these tips, you can handle the task with ease.
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How To Clean Wicker Furniture

Hose down outdoor wicker furniture. Wipe outdoor furniture with a wet cloth or sponge and soap, then rinse with a hose. Never hose down paper fiber wicker, as it will easily be destroyed by a large amount of water. Washing should mainly be done with care on natural reed or synthetic wicker. If possible, tilt your piece of furniture so that any area with a tighter weave of the wicker is on top. This way, water will run down from it to the looser weave, where it can be wiped away or dried more easily without keeping moisture trapped inside the weave. Steam-clean outdoor wicker furniture with a hand steam-cleaner if it is very dirty. Make sure that you dry the wicker right away with a hair dryer or full sun and wind to avoid the wicker warping or bending.
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How To Clean Wicker Furniture

First, determine the type of wicker furniture you own. It’s 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. If you own natural wicker furniture, it will likely 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.
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How To Clean Wicker Furniture

Keep outdoor furniture out of the elements. Avoid direct sunlight, rain, snow, or heavy wind on your outdoor wicker furniture whenever possible. Cover or place your wicker furniture under a roof, deck, or canopy while not in use. You can also bring wicker furniture inside, if possible, to help preserve its life. Care for indoor furniture should also be taken by controlling humidity as best as possible. Use a humidifier in dry climates to avoid drying and cracking wicker, and use a dehumidifier or place wicker furniture in a room with good air circulation if in a very humid environment.
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How To Clean Wicker Furniture

Let the wicker dry. Ensure that the wicker is fully dry after washing and before replacing cushions or using the furniture again. Keep the furniture in a dry place indoors, outside in the sun in dry conditions, or use a fan or hairdryer at some distance away from the wicker to accelerate drying. Keep the shape of the wicker as best as possible. Avoid sitting or placing any objects on the furniture before it is completely dry, as the wicker may form a new shape when wet. Expect to wait several days for the wicker to dry entirely.
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How To Clean Wicker Furniture

Clean the Chair Start by vacuuming off the dust, and wipe off loose dirt and cobwebs. To get into the grooves and small crevices, cut off the bristles on an old paintbrush, leaving about 1″ of the bristles remaining. The bristles will still be soft, but they’ll be stiff enough to help dust the furniture. An air compressor also works well for blowing out dust. Use a wire brush with a scraper to remove old paint and rust from the solid portions of wicker furniture. After wiping off loose dirt, wash the furniture with a sponge and liquid detergent. Keep the sponge damp rather than wet, and use as much foam as possible. For mildewed areas, add 1 cup bleach to the water. Wear latex gloves to protect hands from splinters while washing the furniture. When finished, rinse the furniture with a spray bottle filled with clean water. Avoid soaking the wicker: if you do, you’ll have to wait quite a while for it to dry before you can repair it. When the furniture is dry, check for areas that need to be repaired. Most loose wicker can be repaired with hot glue or carpenter’s glue.
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How To Clean Wicker Furniture

Start by vacuuming off the dust, and wipe off loose dirt and cobwebs. To get into the grooves and small crevices, cut off the bristles on an old paintbrush, leaving about 1″ of the bristles remaining. The bristles will still be soft, but they’ll be stiff enough to help dust the furniture. An air compressor also works well for blowing out dust. Use a wire brush with a scraper to remove old paint and rust from the solid portions of wicker furniture. After wiping off loose dirt, wash the furniture with a sponge and liquid detergent. Keep the sponge damp rather than wet, and use as much foam as possible. For mildewed areas, add 1 cup bleach to the water. Wear latex gloves to protect hands from splinters while washing the furniture. When finished, rinse the furniture with a spray bottle filled with clean water. Avoid soaking the wicker: if you do, you’ll have to wait quite a while for it to dry before you can repair it. When the furniture is dry, check for areas that need to be repaired. Most loose wicker can be repaired with hot glue or carpenter’s glue.
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How To Clean Wicker Furniture

40+-year veteran wicker furniture restoration expert, Cathryn Peters, shares her knowledge on wicker furniture care that she’s picked up during her career. Here she’s offering free tips and hints on how-to care for wicker furniture to keep your woven wicker furniture in optimum year-round shape.
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Key Steps for Cleaning Wicker: Determine the type of wicker you are cleaning. Select the best method for the type of wicker to avoid damaging your furniture. Dry your wicker with a fan, or hairdryer – or outside in the sun, if the weather permits – do not leave wicker wet for too long as mould or mildew could develop.
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Apply a lacquer to the wicker. Protect your furniture from damage by using a varnish, lacquer, or wax meant for use on wicker. Apply it in a thin layer with a brush or cloth, or in a spray form if possible. Try linseed oil or lemon oil as a natural method to help protect the wicker and boost its shine. Use a lacquer specifically meant for weatherproofing if you intend to start or continue using the wicker furniture outside.
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White wicker decor can be a pretty accent for both inside and outside the home. But if you’ve noticed that your pieces are looking a little dull, Healthy Child found an easy solution to brighten and clean wicker furniture. First, mix together salt and water. Then, use a brush and dip it in the solution and wash down the accessories. Finally, let the furniture dry in the sun. This is a really easy way to give new life to your home furnishings. And if you’re looking to store your outdoor patio set for the winter, it’s a good idea to give it once last clean before you pack it away.
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• When outdoor wicker is extremely dirty, use a hand steam-cleaner. Once you’ve steam-cleaned the entire piece, dry it thoroughly with a hair dryer (otherwise, wicker might bend or become deformed). For the very best results, steam-clean wicker furniture on a sunny, windy day to ensure quick drying.
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Use a soft brush. Remove dust and dirt from between the weave of your wicker by sweeping a cleaning brush gently across the surface. Try a paintbrush or even a toothbrush for smaller, hard-to-reach areas. Make sure to use any brush lightly, so as not to disrupt or dislodge any of the wicker. Avoid steel wool or any brush with stiff bristles, as these can damage natural wicker or remove lacquer, paint, or weatherproofing from treated wicker.

Natural wicker furniture should be cared for and cleaned regularly to maintain its quality and shape. When washed, wicker can withstand moisture only to a limited extent before becoming loose or saggy, and attracting mildew growth. It’s important to wash wicker properly to avoid this damage and keep your furniture looking like new.

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