Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wicker Patio - Tips for buying and maintaining

Wicker patio furniture is one of the most beautiful furniture available and comfortable outdoors. There is something dramatic and romantic about it that makes wicker quite unique. It is a type of furniture that is in its own category.

If you are thinking of buying wicker furniture outdoors, then here are some tips and suggestions. This will enable you to buy and use wicker as a professional:

Considerations before buying

Natural wicker is not one of the stronger types of furniture. Therefore, natural wicker furniture is appropriate for adults who are less than 200 pounds each, and families without children excessively mischievous. Other than these limitations, natural wicker furniture will provide long service.

Those responsible for these limitations may consider vinyl or plastic wicker. The frames are usually more difficult because they use metal, does not rotate as natural wicker furniture, wicker and vinyl or plastic is a lot like the real thing.

Here are some tips:

1) Where to place the furniture. Wicker is damaged by exposure to moisture and excessive sun. Therefore, natural wicker furniture outdoors is best placed in a covered area. Good locations include a covered porch, patio or terrace, a veranda, or in a cabin.

2) Know how much space is available. Furniture should not be congested. Before shopping for patio furniture, first decide where you want the furniture is placed. From this it can better estimate what size furniture will fit.

Take special care with the larger pieces. If you want a dining table with six chairs, make sure you have the room. The same is true with a couch or sofa. It just is not fun to maneuver around a patio with furniture and too few spacewalks.

3) Only buy wicker furniture is assembled at the factory. Because wicker is not easy to work with, it is good to buy all the wicker furniture completely pre-assembled. If you assemble the furniture yourself, take special care with the joints. Most of the problems with the whole house usually involve instability because of poor joint connections.

4) Do not forget to budget for new furniture covers. Wicker should be kept dry, so if wicker is placed in an open area should be brought inside when it rains or completely covered. It covers all sizes of patio furniture are readily available online.

5) Exercise in your mind the logistics of delivery and placement. With this in mind before delivery will save you time and trouble.


Wicker patio furniture requires some maintenance. Once a month, wicker and cushions should be vacuumed with a soft brush vacuum cleaner, then wiped with a damp cloth.

At least once a year wash wicker, cushions, and frame with a mild detergent in warm water, use a sponge. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. Allow finish to dry in the sun.

The mold removal

Mildew is a thin growth is actually a plant. It is caused by warm temperatures and humidity. Mold on the willow is usually easy to control. A good wash will usually do the trick.

Using a mild detergent in warm water and a sponge, wash wicker, cushions, and frame bottom. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. Allow finish to dry in the sun.

Often, this will suffice. However, if the stains are mildew recommend one of two options:

1) Soak the stained area with lemon juice, then rub salt into the stain. Do not rinse. Let dry in the sun. After drying, rinse the lemon juice and salt by rinsing with clean water and wipe dry. Allow finish to dry in the sun. Color test cushion fabrics first.

2) In a quart of warm water, mix two tablespoons of chlorine bleach. Sponge the solution on the stain area or immerse the area of ​​the stain into the mix. Let stand for 15 minutes and then rinse with clean water. Dry with a dry cloth. Allow finish to dry in the sun. Color test cushion fabrics first.

Note: Never use chlorine bleach on wool or silk. Other wash and wear fabrics or fabrics with special finishes can be damaged by chlorine. Look for a warning label placed on the pad. (Bleach Action can quickly stop soaking the issue with a solution of two tablespoons of vinegar per cup of water.)

With these treatments should be few problems with mold.

Repainting Wicker

If you need to paint wicker furniture, fully clean your furniture first, with dry cloths. When completely dry, a little sand only those areas that are needed.

Painting with a brush can be complicated and slow. It is best to use a sprayer or spray cans of paint to apply the paint evenly and without drips. Only the use of paint in a well ventilated area.


Natural wicker furniture can be a beautiful addition to any patio or porch. With attentive service can not be expected to enjoy their new wicker furniture for many years to come.