If you have chosen wicker chairs or tables for your outdoor dining area there are a few things you should know.
- Wicker furniture should remain in a covered area that is protected from the elements.
- You should clean your wicker furniture once a month to avoid issues such as cracking or breaking of the wicker.
- Simply vacuum the wicker with a soft brush and wipe it down with a damp cloth or wicker oil.
Your wicker may become damaged with use. This is fixable. If the wicker begins to crack or the strands start falling apart you can:
- Lay a damp cloth over the damaged area.
- Cut a new string of wicker a couple of inches longer than you need.
- Soak the new strand in warm water. This will loosen it and make it easier to work with.
- Apply glue to the damaged area.
- Weave the new strand through the existing wicker, keeping the pattern and making sure it comes in contact with the glue.
- Allow the glue to dry completely before painting it to match the rest of the piece if necessary.
Wicker furniture is an eye-catching furniture but needs to be taken care of in order to last. Cleaning your furniture once a month and keeping it in a covered area should ward off any damage, if damage does occur simply follow the steps above to repair it.
If you are interested in the look of wicker without the danger of damage consider resin outdoor furniture. Resin provides durability, comfort and the look of wicker at a fraction of the cost.
Resin furniture won’t break down in the hot sun, and the texture won’t harbor germs, dirt or sand. You also don’t have to maintain resin furniture as often, but it will outlast wicker.
Although you don’t have to clean the resin as much as you have to clean wicker you still need to clean it. This is a simple process.
- Brush off loose dirt and dust, then mix one cup of vinegar with one gallon of warm water and two tablespoons of dish detergent.
- Use a sponge to wash the furniture.
- If you need additional cleaning power add bleach. Be careful not to do this often, it will weaken the resin over time.