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Tips to preserving your wicker furniture

 
We love the timeless look of wicker furniture and can appreciate the craftsmanship that went into creating each piece, but without proper care your beautiful piece won’t last very long.

Wicker furniture that is maintained can last anywhere between 50 and 100 years. So here are a few tips to help you keep those heirloom pieces beautiful.

  • Wicker furniture needs a spring cleaning and a fall cleaning. It is recommended that you deep clean your furniture every six months. Start with a nylon brush and soapy water. Get into the cracks and crevasses of the weave to remove dust, dirt, and grime. Rinse the furniture with a garden hose to remove the soap and any loose dirt. Be sure to dry your furniture thoroughly in the sun before using it.
  • Keeping wicker furniture made of materials like bamboo protected from the sun is important. After a while, the sun’s rays break down the wicker materials by drying them out and causing them to become brittle. Try keeping cushions on the seats and when not in use consider covering the furniture or moving it out of the direct sunlight.
  • Shield your furniture from the severe weather. Wicker furniture is made to withstand most types of weather, but if you live in a rainy climate or your area is prone to heavy winter snow, you may need to store your furniture during these seasons. Keep the furniture in a dry place and cover with a breathable cloth to keep dirt and dust away.
  • Polish your furniture with lemon oil. Lemon oil will help keep the moisture in the wicker materials and will also help keep harmful chemicals and other products out. Not only that, it smells great too. After you have cleaned the furniture, and it is dry, use a soft, dry cloth to wipe the oil.
  • Clean up spills immediately.
  • Resurface your furniture every few years. Clean the furniture well, take a wire brush and remove the old flaking paint, sand with a fine grade of sandpaper, and paint or polyurethane as needed. These steps will help your furniture look brand new.
  • Replace or repair any broken materials or parts. Check all bolts and screws on a regular basis. Don’t wait until the broken piece becomes a bigger and more costly issue.
  • Wipe the furniture off when it rains. Wicker can sometimes be prone to mildew, so cleaning off the excess water will help reduce the probability.
  • If you use your wicker furniture outside by the pool, be sure to wipe it down after use to remove suntan lotion residue. To help avoid any stains, consider using a towel as a barrier.
  • Use silicone lubricant for any wheels or hinges.
  • Take the time to put some care and effort into your investment, and you will have a piece of furniture that will last a lifetime.

Wicker isn’t just for grandma’s house anymore!

Did you know wicker migrated from Asia to the Nile, to Europe, and then America? This long-lasting form of furniture making has spanned generations and continues to be a favorite today. As styles change, wicker furniture adapts and continues to hold its own as one of the most commonly used types of furniture. From baskets to headboards, wicker furniture finds its way into just about every room in our homes.

If you are considering an eclectic look to your home or sunroom, consider natural wicker or rattan. Decorate the curves and spirals with tinted accents and add unique pillows and lighting to the room. Natural wicker will balance the colors of the room and help add a bit of elegance to the space you are creating. Match the furniture with Victorian-style marbled side tables and Tiffany style lamps and your room will come to life.

For some, it is the call of the sea that leads them to use wicker in the decorating. Typically associated with tropical settings, wicker can be neutral colors like white or natural, or bold like navy or red. Mix them with nautical ropes, burlap or marine striped pillows, and an old wooden chest and you have a room any sailor would be proud to call home.

Create an enchanting space for your daughter with a wicker bedroom. Traditionally white, wicker bedroom sets can be painted any color of your child’s choosing. Place accent pieces around the room and you have the perfect space that will grow from a child to teen to adult.

So you have a contemporary room, so what! Wicker furniture is no longer just the dainty feminine wicker of by-gone days. There are boxy, tightly woven types of wicker furniture in dark modern colors. The sculptural pieces can be used to add a sense of comfort and warmth to a modern space.
Simple wicker pieces can mix with your current upholstered pieces to change the whole mood of a room. Use pillows from your current pieces to tie the wicker into the design space, and you have an entirely new look.

Take the time to find the right piece of furniture to match the style and feel of the room you are decorating.

Remember, one piece or a room full of furniture, wicker can add a bit of whimsy, pop, or art to any decorating scheme. If you are new to wicker or want to learn more, stop by WickerWorld today and talk to one of our associates about how wicker can make a difference in your rooms.

Custom Cushions

Custom cushions enhance the beauty of our outdoor furniture and wicker, not only that, they increase the comfort of the piece while we are sitting in it.  Some fabrics are designed to withstand the outdoor elements, and some are not, but there are some things you can do to ensure your cushions last longer.

Shake it up! Yucky things build up on your cushions. Things like pollen, leaves, bugs, and other things that can be brought in by the wind. Leaving these things on your cushions can help mildew to develop, an even nastier mess that isn’t very easy to clean up. Shaking your cushions periodically helps remove the debris and build up that is occurring. Not only that, but shaking will save your clothing too.

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Mother Nature can be fickle, one minute its bright and sunny, the next…. Constant exposure to the effects of Mother Nature can begin to wear on your new cushions. If it starts to rain, bring your cushions inside or purchase furniture covers for the rainy season. After the rain wait until things are dry and remove the covers or return the cushions.

When your cushions are not in use because of seasonal changes, store them. Storing your cushions in plastic bags help prevent buildup from debris, snow, rain, and sun, as well as the occasional small animal looking for a warm place to burrow. Be sure the plastic bag has plenty of air flow to avoid the previously mentioned mildew (kind of defeats the purpose of storing them if that happens, don’t you think?).

Choose cushion materials specially made to withstand the outdoors. Today there are many options of outdoor fabrics to match just about any décor and these materials are made to withstand the rain, snow, and sun. If you live in a humid area, look for ones that are mildew resistant.

Periodically turn your cushions over for even wear and tear.

See spot disappear. If you find a spot on your new cushion, treat it immediately. Spot cleaning will help your cushions retain their new look, just be sure to test a small area for any color changes first.

These simple things will help you preserve the life and look of your custom cushions from Wickerworld.

RATTAN VS WICKER

What is the difference between wicker and rattan? This is the most common question posed by our customers. My response is as follows: rattan is a raw material whereas wicker is the product of the craft of weaving natural materials together. If you think of wool or yarn vs knitting ormacramé for instance the relationship is similar.

Rattan is a climbing vine-like palm that grows in the rainforest . Although it has a solid core, unlike bamboo which is hollow, it is very pliable when steamed. I have visited many factories overseas and watched as the steamed lengths of rattan are so easily molded around pre-engineered forms. These forms can be quite simple. Imagine a sheet of plywood with pegs sticking up around which the rattan is bent to create the frame of any given chair or table for instance. Some forms are made of metal. Each manufactured item has its own unique set of forms for its production. When the rattan cools or is heated by torch it retains its shape and can then be assembled and prepared for the final process of weaving. The rattan poles are typically 1-2 inches in diameter when harvested. I witnessed a machine that takes a large diameter length of rattan and converts it to smaller diameters. Think of a pasta machine making spaghetti! These varying diameter rattan cores are then woven on the frames to create unique pieces of wickerwork. Every piece is handmade and therefore unique.
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Rattan is the strongest material used to make wickerwork but there are other materials such as willow, fern, sea grass, cane, reed or bamboo which can be used as well. Wicker can be woven of any natural material.

A quality piece of wicker furniture will last for generations and add a certain charm that no other product can offer. Wicker lovers are encouraged to visit us at Wickerworld and if you’re new to the experience you are in for a treat. Come in and we will help you find the perfect fit for your space.
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