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. But, outdoor wicker furnishings, especially those made from natural products like abaca and rattan, 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. What follows below are some effective means to weatherproof your wicker furnishings. Since outdoor wicker furnishings are frequently exposed to sand, dust and other outdoor elements, it is more likely that they would become moldy and dirty. 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. After the paint has dried up, give your furnishings a waterproof finish by applying two coats of marine varnish, which is a substance that could withstand all outdoor elements except for consistent and heavy 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. Coating you outdoor wicker sofa and dining sets with tung oil is another good method of waterproofing such outdoor furnishings. Similar to marine varnish, tung oil cannot withstand continuous exposure to rain 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. Apply tung oil with the aid of dry cloth all over your wicker furnishings before placing them outside and again when you are about to store them by the end of spring and summer. Wind is one of the primary elements that cause dust and other small particles to accumulate in the fiber crevices of your wicker outdoor sofa and dining sets, causing them to abrade. To prevent exposing your wicker furnishings from dust and grits, try placing them in a sheltered spot in your outdoor space that cannot be reached 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. No matter how well-coated your furnishings can be, they still could not endure the power of ice, frost 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 take all these things into account, you can definitely be assured that your outdoor furnishings would hold up well for the years to come. Weatherproofing your outdoor wicker sofa and resin wicker dining sets require minimal effort. All you have to do is clean them regularly to prevent dust, food and grit particles from accumulating in the crevices of your wicker furnishings. It is also important to repaint your wicker outdoor sofa and dining sets at least every three years with marine varnish to avoid moisture from penetrating their interiors or you could also use tung oil to avoid dampness from ruining their functionality.
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