How to Clean and Maintain Wicker Patio Furniture

This Iconic Choice Is Easy to Take Care of If It Is Made for Outdoor Use

A couple of nice chairs. I didn't actually sit in these but I bet they're comfortable.
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Wicker furniture has long been a go-to choice for porches, patios, and decks. Its iconic look calls to mind British colonial Caribbean rooms with shutters and ceiling fans.

Wicker patio furniture does not require much care and cleaning, making it a user-friendly choice. Since wicker is not a material, but a weaving technique, the kind that is meant for outdoor use is manufactured to be quite hardy. It can usually be left outdoors for long periods of time without fear of damage unless you live in an extreme climate zone. 

Outdoor furniture has to contend with the elements unless you place it on a covered or screened porch. Never place wicker meant for indoor use outdoors because it can deteriorate very quickly.

Caring for Wicker Furniture

  • Wicker patio furniture is generally easy to care for, but you might have to brush it every now and then to keep it dust-free. Keeping it clean extends its life because dust or other organic material can easily collect in the crevices of the weave and cause mildew, which leads to a breakdown of fiber and eventual decay.
  • Although wicker that is made for outdoor use can stay outdoors pretty much year-round, you should be aware that when the weather is too cold, it can become stiff or a bit more elastic when it is very hot. Also, too much moisture can make it sag and cause mildew.
  • A simple solution for extending wicker furniture's lifespan could be to cover it up or move it to a more protected spot when the temperature is too hot, cold, or raining. It may not be getting much use under those conditions anyway.
  • It is a good idea to inspect the weave from time to time, and if there has been any shifting, simply move the weave back into place with your fingers.
  • Wicker furniture is often painted, and the finish can become damaged over time. Touch-up spray paint can be used to fix it. Check your manufacturer's recommendation. If the frame has a painted finish, it can also benefit from fixing the paint every now and then.

    Cleaning Wicker Furniture

    • Vacuum your wicker furniture from time to time to reach the dust in the crevices.
    • If it is heavily soiled and vacuuming is not enough, use a sponge with mild detergent and warm water to remove soil. Rinse and allow to dry completely before you use the wicker furniture again.
    • Hosing off the furniture can work too, but don't use very high pressure. After hosing off, make sure to inspect the weave to see that the pressure from water has not moved it from its place. If needed use your fingers to set it right again.
    • Never use a foam cleaner because the foam could lodge into the areas between the woven strands and collect there, ultimately causing damage.
    • Never sit on damp wicker furniture because putting any weight on it could cause it to sag.