How to Clean and Care for Wicker Furniture by Jacklina Cleaning your wicker furniture on a regular basis will keep it clean and in good shape. It can withstand certain degree of moisture stress without any serious yield or quality loss. The good thing is that it has remarkable ability to recover and put up normal growth arc released from stress either through rainfall or irrigation. Wicker furniture can be used inside or outside if it is placed under a protective overhang, such as a patio with an awning. Great tools to keep around for cleaning wicker furniture include tooth brushes, vegetable brush, paint brush or similar implement. If conditions are too dry, the wicker can dry out and become brittle. Wiping occasionally with a damp (not wet) sponge may help. Weekly or at least twice monthly dusting will help to keep wicker looking good and fairly dustfree. To remove surface dust, regularly vacuum wicker furniture using the soft bristle brush attachment. Use a damp sponge and only wash it with a mix of water and mild detergent. After that wipe off with a soft damp cloth. Periodical care is great, but once a year it is best to do a major cleaning with soapy water of your wicker furniture. Dip the brush and gently scrub the wicker furniture completely, even underneath, then rinse the same way with clean warm water. If mildew and mold to appear, remove them using a water and mild bleach cleaning solution. After drying you should not use your furniture for a day or two because when the wicker is wet it could dry in the wrong position if sat on. Apply a coat of varnish to bring out the natural colour of the wicker. If the finish on your wicker furniture needs refreshing, it is a good idea to paint it. If the wicker furniture is painted, then it may be a good idea to strip the wicker furniture for refinishing work. To refinish wicker furniture, dust it carefully and apply a liquid paint stripper. Any stripper liquid can be used to soften the wicker. Be sure to scrub off all traces of the stripper using a stiff-bristle brush dipped into detergent and water. After it is dry, spray the furniture with a spray paint. You can paint wicker furniture to match the décor of any room in your house.
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