As in all furniture, even the most durable furniture starts to degenerate over time. Due to old age, the appearance is affected. The wicker furniture will look old, dirty and unusable. If you find yourself in a similar position, do not throw away your wicker just yet. It may be that the furniture just needs a clean and brightening up, or it may be that it needs repairing before you can start any form of redecorating it. Use some wood glue where appropriate to stick loose ends back where they should be.
To clean your wicker, start with the vacuum. To clean the wicker furniture off any molds and mildew, you can use the mixture of 2 tablespoons of ammonia mixed in a bucket of water.
After you have scrubbed your furniture clean, you can then rinse your furniture piece with water. Follow this by wiping down the surface with a soft cloth and letting the wicker dry in the sun to prevent possible mold and mildew problems.
If the finish on your furniture needs refreshing, it is a good idea to paint it. Spray paints work best when restoring old wicker because easily gets into the cracks and crevices and does not leave any unpainted areas. For outdoor use an oil based paint withstands the elements better than latex. Wicker furniture looks great with a fresh coat of paint, and you can paint it any color you wish.
If you want to ensure that your furniture looks good for years just be careful where you put it. The first, and easiest, step to protecting your wicker outdoor furniture is with furniture covers. Most wicker furniture should not be left outdoors unprotected from the elements. It can be easily damaged by the wind, rain, and sun. The best place for wicker furniture is under the shade of a tree, covered porch, deck or patio.
One of the best ways to change up the look of your wicker furniture is to buy a new chair cushion set. Your lawn furniture will have a bright new look and you will get years of enjoyment out of it.
So, the next time you consider throwing out your old wicker set, remember these easy steps to restoring it!
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