Wicker furniture is a beautiful, natural woven material that looks great both inside the house and outside, around the patio. Despite the lightweight nature of the tree fiber weave, real wicker furniture is exceptionally strong and durable. However, the weave does have a knack for collecting dirt, dog hair, dust, and other debris. If the furniture is outside, in a high foot traffic area, or you live in a house that, for one reason or another, seems to always collect dust, you will want to clean the furniture regularly. Thankfully, real wicker furniture isn't all that difficult to clean, and, in no time at all, you will have a beautiful, comfortable, and clean seat ready to be enjoyed.
First, you will want to remove the dirt and other gunk that has collected between the woven fibers. Because wicker is specifically durable, you can use a steel bristle brush on the material. Make sure to work the steel bristle brush over all the woven fibers. You will also want to scrub the underside of the furniture as well. The underside of the furniture can collect a surprising amount of dust and dirt, so it is essential to clean this area as well. Otherwise, when sitting down and enjoying yourself on the furniture, you will end up smelling the dust, dander, and even mildew from the piece of furniture. The steel bristles will let you get in between the fibers easily.
Now that you have worked the entirety of the furniture, you will want to remove as much debris as possible. To do so, take the wand attachment of your vacuum and work it over the furniture.
With the excess dirt and gunk removed, you are now ready to wash your wicker furniture. Use water and mild dish soap and scrub the furniture with a soft cloth. Again, you will want to make sure you work your cloth between the woven fibers of the furniture, as this is where most of the dirt will collect. Work from the top down; otherwise, you'll be forced to re-wash areas of the wicker. Once you have finished washing the furniture, let it air dry. If it is sunny outside, you can place the furniture outside in the sun or leave it in and place fans around it. It is important to expedite the drying time; otherwise, moisture might collect between the fibers and leave a musty smell on the seat. To help with this, you may want to dab a towel over the furniture before you set it out to dry. Whatever you can do to speed up the drying time is beneficial.
If you have plans to paint the wicker furniture, now is the time to begin painting it. However, even if you're not looking to paint the furniture, you should apply a clear protective coating over the top. This will protect the furniture from not only moisture but from sun bleaching as well. There are several protective applications you can use for this. There are tung oil options that will help the wicker maintain its natural appearance. Some tung oils will deepen the furniture's tone, so make sure to look over the color options for this. Tung oil should be applied to wicker sofas, wicker lounge chairs or even wicker dining sets once a year (if this is your chosen protection method). If you have the furniture outside, you should consider using a clear marine varnish on the furniture. This is an application often used on the wood found in boats. It helps lock in the fabric's natural moisture while protecting it against the elements, including rain and sun. This will not change the color of your wicker furniture, and you only have to apply it once every three years or so. You can also apply a marine varnish coat over any fresh paint (after it dries). Lastly, if you don't want to use the oil as it might alter the color of the wicker, and if you don't want to use the marine varnish, you can find a clear protective coat, often available in a spray can, from companies like Rust-Oleum, made specifically for wicker. These kinds of spray cans are good for maintaining the color of your furniture while also adding a protective coating. Much like you would with tung oil, you will want to re-apply this spray once every year or so.
The cushion is often an overlooked area of the wicker furniture. However, it is important to clean off the cushion as well. The cleaning method for cushions will vary depending on the material and whether the fabric can be removed from the cushion. If you can remove the fabric, toss it into the wash and let it run on a cold, low spin cycle. Avoid using any kind of heat. If you can't remove it, wash the fabric with mild soap and water and let it dry completely before placing it back onto the furniture.
Whether you're in the market to upgrade to rattan bedroom furniture or have owned your current wicker outdoor set for years and are ready to replace what you own, it is always a good idea to know how to clean what you have. With these easy-to-follow tips, you can extend the life of your current furniture. These are also excellent tips to follow if you're going to paint your wicker furniture as well. However, if you would rather purchase new wicker, or if your current set has run its course and is starting to show its age, check out the wide selection of furniture options. From wicker rattan loveseats and chairs to rockers and ottomans, you'll find your next wicker upgrade is just a click away.
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The beauty of rattan wicker furniture is it has a timeless, unique, and classic look. Wicker furniture has been the same for decades, and when looking at historical photos, especially those taken in Southeast Asia, you will find pieces of wicker furniture that might look exactly like the pieces you currently own. This timeless nature is one element of the construction material that makes it so desirable. And yet, what happens when you want to update your pricker and help it stand out? You may be wondering how to make wicker furniture look modern, and you wouldn’t be alone. You already love the look, feel, and durability of the furniture, so why not add a few new design features to update it for a modern home? Thankfully, it isn’t all that difficult to do exactly this. And, best of all, with wicker furniture, you can always change it back to its original look. How many other kinds of furniture can you do that with?
By far, this is one of the easiest ways to update your wicker furniture. The fastest way to date any piece of furniture is with its fabric. You can instantly tell when the piece was made and what was trendy at the time. You might still know some people who have furniture that features autumn scenes with ducks and other flying birds. Or perhaps the sofas have deep floral arrangement prints all over them. Prints and images will almost instantly date any piece of upholstery. So, if you want to update your wicker furniture, you will want to update the cushions.
There are a few ways you can go about doing this. You can either purchase a new cushion, which is super easy to do, or you can add your own new upholstery for this. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, it isn’t all that difficult to make a new cover (and there are all kinds of YouTube videos out there that show step-by-step instructions on how to do just this). Of course, if you would rather avoid the sewing machine and are interested in help, most arts and crafts stores (and fabric stores) will be able to point you in the direction of someone who can raft the new upholstery for your wicker furniture. However, if you decide to go about doing it, updating the fabric and look of the wicker furniture seat will give you that modern look you’re interested in.
Add a pop of color with some throw pillows. These work both to modernize the look and to add a new accent to the piece of furniture as well. Plus, you can have various throw pillows to use based on the season. There might be times when you want to use a more festive holiday look and then revert back to a modern look when the calendar flips over to the new year.
Maybe your furniture is beginning to look a little faded, or the furniture is dated and has a less-than-desirable color finish to it. Whatever the case may be, you’re able to update the furniture with a new layer of paint. A clean, white look is a fantastic way to update the look of your furniture, and it is especially easy to do.
You’ll want to clean off the furniture with a stiff bristle brush, followed by soap and water (you can even use a garden hose to help). Once clean and dry, you’ll want to apply wicker-specific spray paint. It is very important to use paint that is designed for wicker. This paint will be more durable than other kinds of spray paint, and it will give you a better finish. It also won’t rub off like other, inferior kinds of spray paint. The last thing you want to deal with is paint rubbing off on your body and clothes whenever you sit on them.
Now, white is a timeless, classic look. But maybe you want a color that is a bit more trendy, or you want to use your wicker furniture as an accent piece for the room, and, as such, you want to give it a unique color. Chances are, you’re not going to find many color options when going to the local home improvement store. Other than white or black, there won’t be many wicker-specific cans of spray paint. Thankfully, you can find just about any color you might be interested in through Amazon or other shopping outlets. Make sure to keep in mind not only the color of the wicker but also the color of the cushion. Chances are, if you’re going to be applying a new color of paint to the wicker, you will also want a different cushion color. By planning these two color upgrades together, you’ll have a finished piece of wicker furniture that not only fits your style but also gives you a finished, modern look.
If you’re shopping for rattan wicker furniture, you have come to the right place. You’ll find an incredible selection of all things wicker. Whether you want organic or synthetic wicker, are interested in a full set, or just a coffee table, we have the wicker furniture that will satisfy your needs and cross off all the boxes. Feel free to look through our wide selection in stock, and, of course, if you ever have any questions, we would love to talk about wicker furniture and answer these questions for you. All you need to do is give us a call or send us an email, and we’ll get back to you right away. Because here at the Rattan Wicker Furniture Company, we are available to help with all your wicker furniture needs.