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How to Care for Wicker

There’s only few step for you to maintenance and make your furniture keep beautiful.

First you need to have tools for treatments:

Ø  Vacuum with brush attachment

Ø  Soft brush

Ø  Tweezers

Ø  Detergent

Ø  Water

Ø  Soft cloth

Ø  Garden hose

Ø  Spray nozzle with gentle spray

Ø  Household bleach

Clean Your Wicker Furniture Regularly

  1. Vacuum wicker furniture routinely with the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove surface debris. Sweep with the grain of the wicker and not crosswise to avoid scratching the wicker reeds.
  2. Remove trapped dust and foreign material with a soft bristle brush.

You can use an old soft toothbrush on the smoother portions of the wicker. In the weave around the legs, you may want to use a new, soft paintbrush with an inch cut off the ends of the bristles. This gives you a slightly stiffer brush yet gives you enough bristle to reach into corners and hard to reach areas.

  1. Use tweezers to pick out lint and trapped pet hair that the vacuum and soft brush can’t remove.

You might need to use an ice pick or other sharp object to pry out embedded materials. Be careful not to poke a hole into the wicker, if you use this type of object.

Wash Your Wicker Furniture

  1. Determine that you have reed wicker and not paper fiber wicker.

If you use water on paper fiber, you can ruin it. Ask an expert if you can’t determine the type you own.

  1. Wipe the wicker furniture with a soft cloth dipped in a mixture of detergent and water.

Rinse it well. A primary concern in how to care for wicker is to not get it too wet, so apply water sparingly on furniture pieces intended for inside use.

  1. Use a garden hose to wash outdoor wicker furniture.

Use a gentle spray setting on the spray nozzle and don’t saturate the furniture.

  1. Dry the furniture thoroughly before you use it.

Place it in a well-ventilated location out of direct sun to air dry.

 Remove Mold and Mildew from Your Wicker Furniture

  1. Mix household bleach and water.

Wipe the mixture over the previously cleaned furniture to remove the mold and mildew. Rinse well with water.

  1. Let the wicker furniture air dry in a shady spot for at least three days before you use it again.
  2. Move the furniture to a different location to keep it from getting moldy again.

Look for an area with low humidity and good air movement.

 Place the Wicker Furniture in a Suitable Location

  1. Avoid placing wicker furniture in direct sunlight.

It’s best to keep wicker furniture indoors, but you can put it on a protected porch for limited periods of time.

  1. Keep the humidity level in your home at a constant rate.

Too much humidity can cause the wicker to mold, but too little can cause it to become brittle. Move the furniture to a more suitable location if you notice problems.


Use cushions to protect the seating areas on wicker furniture.

Cushions can help keep the wicker from stretching.


Wicker can be very flexible when it’s wet. Use only the amount of water necessary to clean the furniture and wipe up any excess.

Do not sit on wet wicker, or you can permanently stretch the reeds out of shape.


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