Wicker has been around for a very very long time. From the early Egyptian Empire to the first wicker baby crib to arrive on the Mayflower in 1620 — it is no surprise that wicker has so many benefits.
- Lightweight – easily movable
- Durable – Holds up in all types of weather conditions
- Classic, beautiful design
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Natural wicker is environmentally friendly
What exactly is wicker?
Wicker is actually the name of the weaving process, usually using natural plant fiber and encasing a metal or wooden frame. This weaving process creates a strong and lightweight material that is most commonly used to make outdoor furniture. There are many different types of materials used in creating wicker furniture. The most common types of material are resin and rattan. Resin is a man-made material that can be colored and is very resistant to scratches and damage. However, because it is a plastic material, resin is not very environmentally friendly. Rattan (or any other natural material), on the other hand, is durable when cared for and properly maintained; moreover, since it comes from an easily renewable resource, it is environmentally friendly as well. Rattan is not the only type of natural wicker material, but it is the most inexpensive. There are higher quality wicker materials to choose from such as reed, willow, bamboo, and teak.
How do you prolong the life of your wicker?
The best way to make your wicker furniture last, is to keep up on regular cleaning and maintenance. It only takes a little time once a year to keep your wicker in good shape. Here are some good guidelines to follow:
- First, start by removing any dirt, dust or debris. To do this, use a soft brush attachment on your vacuum making sure to go with the grain of the weave so as to avoid scratching the wood. If there is trapped dust or debris that you cannot remove with the vacuum attachment, or you don’t have a vacuum attachment, try using a toothbrush or other small soft bristled brush such as a paintbrush.
- Next, wash your wicker — but first, determine that you do not have paper fiber wicker. Paper fiber can become damaged if it gets wet. If you can’t determine the type you own, you can ask one of the experts at Pottery World.The best way to wash your wicker is to wipe it down with a soft cloth and a gentle detergent and water mixture. If your wicker has mold or mildew, use a water & bleach mixture rather than detergent. Rinse the wicker well. If you do not already have a clear coat on your wicker, make sure you don’t use too much water or get your wicker furniture too wet. You can use a garden hose to wash wicker furniture that has already been sealed and protected. However, you should still be careful to use a soft spray setting on the hose and don’t saturate the furniture.
- The final step is to seal your wicker with a spar urethane spray, available at most hardware stores. Make sure your furniture is absolutely dry before you apply the sealant. Your best option for drying your wicker is to place it in a well-ventilated location out of direct sun and let it air dry for a few days.
Now that you have some extra knowledge about wicker, you can confidently add a few wicker pieces to your outdoor living space. And for the next week, we are offering 25%-60% OFF all our patio furniture, so come in to one of our showrooms in Rocklin or El Dorado Hills and take a look around. We would love to answer any questions you may have and help you design the perfect patio.