Wicker furniture pieces, especially outdoor wicker sofa sets, are among the most popular furnishings utilized for outdoor decor. This is due to their light and colorful aesthetics and they are also known for their ability to facilitate air circulation, which makes them the most favorite outdoor furniture pieces. However, wicker furnishings, even those that are used in patios, lawns and other outdoor spaces are not naturally weatherproof. Frequent exposure to outdoor elements like dust, wind, smoke, sand and rain could contribute to the early degradation of these furnishings that could make them unsafe to use especially if they lack protection. Discussed below are some methods that you could apply to weatherproof your wicker furnishings. As outdoor wicker furnishings are subject to dust, sand and other outdoor elements, it is likely that they would become dirty and moldy. As such, it is vital to periodically clean your wicker furnishings in order to maintain their functionality and style. With the use of a portable vacuum cleaner that has a round bristle brush head attached to it, carefully vacuum your wicker furnishings at least twice a week. This practice will remove the dust on your wicker furniture pieces as well as the food particles that hide in the fiber crevices of your resin wicker dining sets. By the end of spring or summer, bathe your wicker furnishings with warm water and oil soap that is especially formulated for cleaning wood items. Dry them properly before storing them for the cold seasons. Paint your resin wicker dining sets and sofa with paints that are especially formulated for wicker furnishings. At least every three years, repaint such furnishings from top to bottom as well as their undersides and arm seats. Once the paint has dried, apply two coats of marine varnish to give them a waterproof finish as this substance could withstand all elements but consistent downpours. Hence, such substance should be applied every two years. Marine varnish is also efficient in preserving the natural hue of wicker furnishings made from natural materials like rattan, bamboo and abaca among others. Another practical method of waterproofing your outdoor wicker sofa and dining sets is by coating them with tung oil. Parallel to marine varnish, tung oil cannot thoroughly protect your wicker furniture pieces from consistent exposure to downpours and power washers. However, it could prevent dampness from absorbing inside your furnishings that could soften and stretch their fibers, making them unsafe to use. You could apply tung oil with the use of cloth all over your furnishings before you put them outdoor and again when you are going to store them by the end of the season. Wind is one of the major contributors for dust and grit build up in the crevices of your wicker outdoor sofa and dining sets that often leads to their early abrasion. To keep your wicker furnishings away from dust and grits, it would be more preferable to place them in a sheltered spot in your outdoor space that cannot be accessed by prevailing winds. However, if your outdoor space does not have a covered spot, it would be wise to purchase or have custom-made furniture covers for your wicker furnishings to protect them against outdoor elements. Another option that you could settle with is to add a retractable canvass, especially if you would be leaving your furnishings in your lawn or patio. During cold seasons, it would be better to store your outdoor wicker sofa and dining sets indoors. Even if your furnishings are well-coated with marine varnish, they still cannot withstand the power of frost, ice and snow. If you won't be using them indoors, make sure to store them in a dry place and have them covered so that you could use them for next spring. Once you are able to consider all these things, you can be sure that you'll be able to enjoy the services of your outdoor wicker furnishings much longer. If you have an outdoor wicker sofa or resin wicker dining sets sitting on your patio, it is important that you weatherproof them. Wicker outdoor sofa and dining sets, especially those made from natural products like rattan and abaca, could not withstand consistent exposure to outdoor elements. When not in use, store them in a dry place away from direct sunlight and downpour. Also, repaint them with marine varnish and tung oil every once in a while to avoid damages.
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