Caring for a Wickerwork Outdoor Furniture
Wickerwork is a style of outdoor furniture commonly painted in white and
weaved into a specific design. This type of furnishing is made of osiers,
twigs or rods. Wickerwork is considered the most comfortable and pleasing
type of furniture you can acquire. As early as 3rd millennium B.C., the
Egyptians are already making furniture of this kind. A good early example
of wickerwork is the Roman chair on a 3rd-century-ad relief in the
Rheinisches Landesmuseum at Trier, Germany.
Although, wickerwork is immensely used as indoor furniture, its
refreshing finish makes it a great option for outdoor furniture. However,
prolong exposure to harsh elements can cause it to wither rapidly.
Wickerwork requires your utmost care and attention for it to last for
One of the harsh elements than can cause it to wither is sunlight.
Exposing the furniture in direct sunlight for a long time will cause the
materials to dry out. When this happens, the materials will tear apart.
You can store wickerwork furniture indoors when not used. This will
prevent it from loosing moisture and sagging. If exposing to sunlight
can’t be helped, you can protect the furniture with a cover or locate it
in protected area.
You can also occasionally moisten the furniture using a spray bottle or a
damp cloth. While doing this regular cleaning, you can also check the
furniture for loose pieces or breaks. Minor breaks can be fixed with wood
glue. Just make sure you had dust off the parts before daubi ng to keep it
away from ugly smudge. Do this routine once a month, on a well -ventilated
area and on a sunny day.
If small brittle and dry parts start to appear, a generous coat of latex
paint can save it from loosing moisture. Coating it with latex paint also
keeps it from looking always new. Wickerwork especially chair seat tends
to sag over the time. To fix this, turn the furniture upside down and wet
the bottom using a damp cloth or sponge. Dry the chair for 12 hours to
one day to shrink it back to original shape.
If exposed to humid and cold weather, mildew can form in the furniture.
The mildew can be removed by using a soft-bristle brush or sponge and
mild soap. Light cleaning for wickerwork furniture will ensure durability
and long life. If the furniture has accumulated too much dirt, it is good
to vacuum it first before manual cleaning. Use a soft -bristle brush and a
mild detergent mixed with water or wood oil in cleaning the furniture.
Dirt and crevices can build up in hard to brush areas a nd sometimes this
dirt are not so much visible unless with closer look. Hose down your
furniture with water to clear this unnecessary element. Then, dampen the
furniture with a dry soft cloth and make sure the furniture will dry up
overnight or the next 24 hours.
Damages caused by accidental bumps, scratches and kicks are also an enemy
of wickerwork furniture. To protect your furniture from the kids and
pets, you can use vinyl and plastic covers but the best armor will still
be discipline among family members and placing the furniture in a less
A wickerwork is an outdoor furniture that brings ease, comfort and beauty
to your home and business area. Just like any other furnishings, it’s
long-life and durability requires proper care and attention so it is
important to know the basics of its maintenance and cleaning.