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.