History & Definitions of Wicker
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Cleaning & Preserving Wicker Furniture
Whether you have rattan, reed, willow, or bamboo, you should clean your
wicker furniture on a regular basis. Vacuum loose dirt and go over the
wicker with a sponge that's been dampened with water and detergent. (Don't
dampen any wood.) In addition, you should give your wicker a special cleaning once a year.
Preserving Natural Wicker
- Dust or vacuum away dirt.
- Scrub with warm water and detergent using a soft brush or sponge.
- Rinse with garden hose. (Only rinse painted furniture — wetting may crack and peel the paint.)
- Dry quickly — using the sun, a hair dryer, or a fan.
- Let dry completely — wait several days before using.
- Sand sharp or fuzzy strands with fine sandpaper.
When referring to wicker the term “natural” is used to designate
any piece left unpainted. Originally natural wicker was either stained
or coated with a light coat of clear varnish or lacquer. After cleaning
natural wicker you can maintain its natural light beige color by
applying a coat of colorless lacquer to protect it from soil and wear. A
thin solution of an acrylic resin (polyurethane varnish) will also
provide a protective skin that will resist soiling.
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