Cleaning Wicker Furniture

Takeing care of your wicker furniture is simple if you follow a few easy rules.

Wicker furniture became popular during the Victorian era, but it has recently become fashionable again due to its versatility and natural appeal. Wicker furniture is actually made from a variety of vines, grasses and plants such as rattan, cane and bamboo. Wicker actually refers to the fact that the plant material is woven, not to the type of furniture it is. Since wicker furniture is made from natural materials, caring for it is simple and your wicker furniture does not require a lot of maintenance and upkeep.

With wicker furniture, it is always important to wipe up any spills quickly. Use a damp sponge and a little bit of mild detergent mixed with water to remove the stain or spill. Occasional spot cleaning will keep your wicker furniture looking nice and prolong its life.

When your wicker furniture needs a more thorough cleaning, a good cleaning choice is to use Murphy's Oil Soap or other similar cleaning product. Vacuum away any excess dirt or debris using the soft bristle brush attachment on your vacuum. To clean all the nooks and crannies, use a new toothbrush, paintbrush or other brush dipped in your cleaning solution. For those hard to reach places, a pair of tweezers can be extremely helpful. A quick spray with the garden hose to remove soap residue or stubborn dirt is okay. Remember that using too much water is not good for wicker items. Excessive water will cause the wicker to lose its strength and become weak and saggy. It is also important not to change the weaving or spacing of the woven material during the cleaning process, because once it dries that way it will make your piece less sturdy and attractive. Excess water can also lead to mold or mildew problems.

If you notice that you have a problem with mold or mildew on your wicker furniture, use this recipe to remove it. Mix one gallon of water, one cup of chlorine bleach, and a tablespoon of mild dish detergent. Scrub the area gently to remove the stains and rinse well with water to remove any remaining traces of bleach.

It is also very important to dry your wicker furniture after cleaning. Using a clean, dry towel, pat the piece of furniture dry as much as possible. Then, use a large fan or hair dryer to remove the rest of the moisture from your item. Allow it to dry in its proper position for at least 24-48 hours.

When using your wicker furniture, it is best to place it somewhere that it will not receive a lot of direct sunlight or morning dew. While it is made of natural fibers, they can and will break down over time with excessive exposure to the elements. Wicker furniture should also be stored preferable indoors or in a storage shed during the winter.

Many of today's wicker furniture can withstand the elements better than the wicker of yesteryear. However, by taking care of it, your furniture can provide many years of comfort and enjoyment.

© High Speed Ventures 2011