Wicker Furniture

Durable wicker decor

When people think of purchasing furniture for their backyard patios, wicker is not usually the first thing that comes to mind, as it is often overlooked for outdoor use. But today's resin wicker furniture is durable enough to withstand the elements, yet graceful enough to adorn any patio area.

Wicker Outdoor Furniture

Wicker garden furniture is available in a variety of styles. Most wicker patio furniture is made from a combination of bamboo or rattan and synthetic materials which improve durability. The color is dyed into the fabric, so it won't fade. A coat of clear lacquer can be added to protect the furniture from the ravages of Mother Nature. Outdoor wicker furniture also contains UV inhibitors to resist fading from exposure to the sun.

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Making outdoor wicker furniture is a labor-intensive process, so it tends to be a bit more expensive than other types of patio furniture. However, there are plenty of places that offer discount wicker furniture for bargain hunters. If you enjoy the wicker look from eras past, restored antique wicker furniture can be found in specialty stores.

Wicker patio furniture is lightweight, so it can be moved to different areas of your patio with ease. Accessories such as outdoor cushions add to the beauty and comfort of your outdoor wicker furniture.

Wicker Furniture Repair and Care

Proper maintenance of your resin wicker furniture will prolong its life and keep it looking beautiful for years. Use a soft brush, mild detergent and some water to clean the furniture. Clean up spills immediately with a soft cloth. Avoid dousing your wicker with water because this can cause weave expansion and warping.

Wear and tear is inevitable, so you'll probably need to repair damage to your outdoor wicker furniture at some point. Minor damage, such as loose sections of wicker, can be fixed by wetting the area with water and putting the loose wicker back into place. Wicker furniture is prone to occasional cracks. These cracks can be fixed by applying linseed oil with a soft paintbrush. Once the oil has dried completely – which can take up to three days – remove the excess oil with a soft cloth and follow up by applying a coat of finish.

If your wicker garden furniture has more extensive damage, it needs to be repaired by someone who specializes in wicker furniture repair and restoration. Severe damage can be prevented if you regularly inspect your wicker furniture and repair problems as they arise.