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					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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