Wicker furniture can add such beauty to a sunroom or porch but if you want to keep your investment beautiful you need to know how to clean your wicker furniture without damaging its delicate fibers. If wicker is cleaned too aggressively with harsh chemicals, it can significantly shorten the lifespan of your pieces. Here’s how to correctly clean wicker furniture to maintain its beauty:
Remove loose dirt before using liquids.
Superficial dirt, debris, and pet hairs can lodge within the crevices of wicker furniture. Start by using the brush portion of your vacuum cleaner to remove this material before beginning the official cleaning process.
Use a mild, diluted detergent solution for cleaning.
To clean wicker furniture, prepare a diluted detergent solution in a large pail. A mild dishwashing detergent will work well for this purpose. Dilute a third cup of dishwashing detergent with a gallon of warm water.
Clean your wicker furniture.
Use a soft sponge to gently rub the surface of the wicker furniture to clean it. Be sure to wring the sponge well before cleaning to avoid applying too much moisture to the wicker. Too much water can damage the fibers.
Dry your furniture.
Use a soft, cotton towel to gently dry the surface of your wicker furniture.
By cleaning wicker furniture on a regular basis, you can avoid the necessity of using harsh chemicals which can shorten the life span of your wicker pieces. To keep your furniture looking beautiful longer, monitor the humidity levels carefully. If humidity levels are too high, use a dehumidifier. Too much moisture will encourage mildew formation. If humidity levels are too low, use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. The right degree of moisture will keep the wicker fibers from becoming dry and brittle.
When you properly clean wicker furniture, you not only maintain its beauty, but you add to the lifespan of your furniture which will give you many more years to enjoy its beauty and functionality.