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Maintaining Wicker Patio Furniture

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When it comes to outdoor furniture, few material furnishings can hold a candle to wicker. Wicker patio furniture is exceptionally light and easy to maintain, it's a very durable material, and it looks and feels casual and comfortable. If you own outdoor wicker furniture, you will undoubtedly want to keep it looking great and functioning well for years to come. This article provides useful tips on cleaning and repairing wicker patio furniture.

Cleaning Outdoor Wicker Furniture
You will need:
1. Small vacuum cleaner with a soft bristle brush attachment
2. Clean cloth
3. Detergent, with bleach
4. Small paint brush
5. Small wire brush
6. Oil-base wood primer
7. Oil-base indoor and outdoor house paint

Unlike a lot of other outdoor furniture, wicker patio furniture is actually pretty easy to maintain. Clean up any spills immediately with a clean cloth, and for best results, wipe down your wicker furniture about once a week and use a mild, non abrasive detergent with bleach to inhibit mildew and mold. Since a variety debris can become wedged between the wicker cane, consider taking a small vacuum to your outdoor wicker furniture every so often. Use a soft, small bristle brush attachment so you don't damage the wicker cane. When you clean your outdoor furniture, avoid soaking it, as wicker can take a long time to dry (as long as two or three days). Excess water also tends to warp and expand the weave of wicker furniture, which will deform it and lead to more problems (more information on replacing damaged wicker is below).

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You have no control over outdoor conditions, but when wicker furniture is used indoors or in storage, it is also a good idea to try and control the humidity levels. Overly low humidity will cause your wicker furniture to become brittle and fragile. Excess humidity, on the other hand, will make wicker overly pliable and it may warp. To make your outdoor wicker furniture last as long as possible, avoid subjecting it to extreme weather conditions or excess sunlight.

In time, the paint on your wicker furniture will inevitably crack. When this happens, you will need to reapply paint with a small, slightly stiff paint brush. First, use a wire brush to scrape off peeled and loose paint. Then, apply two coats of oil-based primer. When that has dried, you can paint your furniture with outdoor-safe house paint using either a brush or a paint sprayer (which is much, much faster). If you wipe off your wicker patio furniture regularly and paint it every so often, you will surely enjoy it for a lifetime of relaxation and outdoor satisfaction.

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