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How to Clean Wicker and Rattan Furniture

When it comes to patio furniture, natural fibers like wicker and rattan can be especially challenging to clean and keep clean. With wicker and rattan furniture, you need to take special precautions while cleaning to avoid harming the natural fibers. Here are some tips and tricks to help you clean your wicker and rattan patio furniture with ease. 

When cleaning furniture with natural fibers, it’s important to not get the material overly wet in order to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Get the fibers too wet and you risk increasing the chances of rot and causing irreparable damage to your furniture. The best way to avoid this is by using the “suds only” method when cleaning wicker and rattan furniture.

Cleaning wicker and rattan furniture can be done in four easy steps:

  1. Add a small amount of dish detergent to water.
  2. Agitate the water until suds appear on the surface.
  3. Skim off the suds and use them to wipe off the furniture without getting the fibers wet. 
  4. Wipe dry with a clean, dry towel.

For small cracks and holes in the weaving, you can use a toothbrush with the same “suds only” method to remove any mildew and buildup.

Your wicker and rattan furniture can also benefit from thorough cleaning once a year. This can help remove any major buildup and prevent further damage. To do this, scrub the surface with detergent and water and set outside as soon as possible to dry. Deep cleanings are recommended on especially sunny days so the furniture can properly dry. Alternatively, a hair dryer can be used to dry the wood, but this is not recommended. Once the fibers are completely dry, a coat of shellac or lacquer can be applied to seal the wood.

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