Durable, sturdy and attractive, wicker furniture is always an excellent choice for patio furniture. Wicker is a natural product created from a weave of reeds and plant fibers, and though it is relatively low maintenance, it does require special care to keep it looking its best.
General Cleaning Tips
– Remove cushions and clean them separately, according to the manufacturer's instructions
– Dust your wicker regularly with a soft cloth. For heavy dust build-up, use a soft-bristled brush. Try a toothbrush, or vacuum with brush attachment to remove dirt from crevices.
– Perform a thorough cleaning at least once a year – using warm water and a soft, damp cloth, gently rub the surface, top and bottom. For heavier stains, use warm water with a mild soap, and wipe clean with clear water.
– Remove mold and mildew by wiping down with a soft cloth and a 1:3 vinegar water solution, and wipe clean with clear water.
– Let wicker dry fully in the sub or with a hair dryer before replacing cushions or covers.
Outdoor Wicker Furniture
Although they may look the same, because it is expected to hold up well under tougher conditions, wicker furniture made for outdoor use should be treated differently than that made for indoor use.
To clean wicker furniture that stays outdoors, a simple solution of 1/4 liquid dish soap and two cups of warm water should do the trick. Wipe the wicker with a soft cloth or sponge, and then thoroughly rinse away and soap and suds with a garden hose. For mildew and mold, use the above mentioned solution of vinegar and water.
For tough dirt stains, use the same solution but try a soft-bristled brush or old toothbrush to get into the crevices. For really heavy stains or really dirty furniture, you may want to try a hand steam-cleaner.
Fast Wicker Facts
Though durable and strong, wicker furniture can be damaged if you press too hard on individual slats. If you do happen to break one of the slats during cleaning (or at any other time), you can try to repair it with wood glue, allowing the glue to dry fully before continuing cleaning. Any extensive damage may need to be repaired by a professional.
Do not use stiff brushes, steel wool or harsh abrasives on wicker, as they may damage the finish
Never saturate or let water pool on wicker furniture. This can result in spotting or deformity of the material, or both.