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Care Instructions for Wicker

Wicker is woven fiber formed into a rigid material, mostly used for making baskets or furniture. Wicker is often made of material of plant origin, but plastic fibers are also used. Wicker is light yet sturdy, making it suitable for furniture that will be moved often like porch and patio furniture. A natural product, wicker is a weave of reeds and plant fibers and as such, it requires specialized care to looks its best.

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Below listed are some points that will help in care and maintenance of wicker:

• Regular dusting with a soft cloth, microfiber duster, or feather duster helps keep any type of wicker looking great.

• For heavier dust, use a small soft-bristled paintbrush; to remove dirt from those corners where wicker meets the furniture frame, switch to an old toothbrush.

• Regularly clean wicker with the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner, being sure to set the suction to its lowest level to avoid causing damage.

• Wicker may need a thorough cleaning once or twice a year. Moisten a microfiber cloth or towel with warm water, then gently rub the wicker surface, top and bottom.

• For heavier dirt and stains, wipe with a cleaning cloth that’s been lightly moistened with warm water and mild soap; wipe again with plain water.

• Do not use a stiff brush, a steel wool pad, or any harsh abrasives on wicker. Doing so could severely damage unfinished, natural wicker and could remove the protective finish from a lacquered piece.

• Avoid keeping the wicker furniture under the harsh sun and the rains, since the fibers of the wicker can deteriorate from the extremities and the glue joints may also become loose.

• Never let water rest on the wicker, as moisture can result in either spotting or deformity, or both.

Just a bit of regular maintenance and cleaning will ensure that your wicker furniture and accessories provide many years of comfort and enjoyment.