Rattan wicker texture | April 2022 Issue - Free Christian Lifestyle Magazine | Nashville Christian Family Magazine

Wicker is one of the most versatile materials we use in our homes. This natural wood material is strong enough to be used as furniture, light enough to provide portable seating and storage, and beautiful enough to fit in with any décor theme.  

So, how to clean wicker to keep it looking vibrant for years to come? The first step is to know more about this unique material.  

What Is Wicker? 

It’s important to know that wicker is not wood. It’s true—technically!  

The word “wicker” actually refers to the weaving method we associate with wicker baskets, furniture, and other products. While most wicker is woven wood (most often rattan, though other types of wood like willow, and bamboo), resin-based synthetics are becoming more common.  

The weaving process and the right materials make wicker especially useful in products that need to be moved often like laundry baskets or patio furniture. Today, wicker furniture designed for outdoor use is often made from synthetics to better hold up against high humidity, rain, snow, and temperature changes. This adds a modern resilience to a technique that dates to ancient Egypt.  

How to Clean Wicker Baskets and Indoor Wicker Pieces 

If your wicker is made of rattan or another natural material, you’ll want to take special care to avoid harsh cleaning chemicals that could affect the finish on the wood or even the wood itself. If you aren’t sure what your wicker basket or furniture is made from, check the tag on the bottom or contact the manufacturer.  

  • Dry dusting – Regular light dusting with a feather or microfiber duster can prevent dust and dirt from building up. Include wicker as a part of your monthly cleaning routine.  
  • Vacuuming wicker – For heavier dust, use the brush attachment on your vacuum and let the bristles assist in loosening stuck-on dust or dirt. Be sure not to push too hard with the bristles.  
  • Wet dusting – Without using a harsh cleaner, simply wet a soft cloth, towel, or even a sock with warm water and wipe down your wicker elements. Avoid leaving moisture on the wicker and consider using a fan or natural sunlight to accelerate the drying process.  

How to Clean Wicker Furniture That’s Outside 

It’s no wonder that wicker patio furniture can see much more dirt and grime buildup. In warmer and more humid climates, wicker can also grow mold and mildew in its numerous nooks and crannies.  

Protect Outdoor Winter Furniture Made of Wicker 

While it might be best to store your wicker indoors, if possible, you may not have enough storage space. Cold weather doesn’t affect wicker, though changes in humidity can cause moisture buildup that will eventually lead to mold.  

  • Store wicker in a dry place whenever possible or, if not, make sure it’s well-covered under a tarp or in shrink-wrap 
  • Avoid letting moisture build up on wicker and keep it out of the rain at all costs  
  • Remove all cushions after every use. Wet cushions can slow the drying process and lead to prematurely weakened wicker or warping  

We’re Here to Lend a Hand 

Need help taking care of cleaning your home to be able to spend mor time doing things that you love?  Call the experts at Molly Maid today to schedule an appointment at 615-794-0200 or 615-603-3766,today https://www.mollymaid.com/s-davidson-williamson-maury-counties/about-us/contact-us/    We’re Maid for This!

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Ashley Farrar

Ms. Molly Foundation

Molly Maid is proud to fund and support the Ms. Molly Foundation, which supports domestic violence agencies and shelters in local communities. We’re proud to have raised over $3 million dollars since 1996.

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