Mildewed cushions should be washed or professionally cleaned, and aired frequently in sunlight to prevent mildew from recurring. When wicker with a clear finish (lacquer, shellac or varnish) becomes dull, you can usually restore its luster by rubbing with a soft cloth dampened with furniture polish or lemon oil.
The wicker should be free of any existing coatings. Paints and varnishes will prevent the transparent wood stain from penetrating the wicker surface. Transparent oil-based stain is a good choice if you are starting with unfinished, or “nude” wicker furniture. Make sure the furniture is clean, dry, and free of coatings.
To keep wicker from drying out , mist it every three weeks. This doesn’t mean drench it. Aim a spray bottle at the piece from about 3 feet away, spray and let mist settle. Dust and vacuum wicker regularly to keep dirt from accumulating in the crevices.
Apply one coat of primer and then two to three coats of enamel paint, waiting for each coat to dry before applying the next. Let the new finish dry for four to six days. Apply a liquid furniture wax to seal the new finish, which will protect the wicker from drying out again.
How To Restore Natural Rattan And Cane Conservatory Furniture Scrub in the crevices with a soft brush and vacuum with the brush attachment. Make up a solution of washing-up liquid and tepid water. Stir vigorously to make a lot of suds. Dip a soft clean cloth in the suds. Gently wipe the furniture without getting it too wet.
Answer: I recommend using an oil-base indoor/ outdoor house paint, applied using a compressor sprayer. It remains flexible, adheres to the wicker readily, and is extremely durable. In years past, I have seen far too many wicker pieces painted with Latex , that begin to flake off only after a few years of application.
Look for spray paint specifically designed for plastics and resins that requires no primer for the easiest painting option. Otherwise, spray the piece with a plastic spray primer before using any standard spray paint over the dry primer.
Clear lacquer sealant can be applied by spraying , or with a paint brush. Be sure to cover the entire surface and let the wicker dry completely. You may also use tung oil, or shellac as an effective sealant.
Worn, Faded Finish Eventually the finish loses its luster and looks a bit dull, especially on well-used areas such as a chair’s seat or armrest. Restore its like-new shine by wiping the entire furniture piece down with lemon oil or furniture polish applied to a rag.
Most people realize they need to use furniture polish or oil to extend the life of wood furniture . But oil is also beneficial for wicker furnishings. Lemon oil cleans and polishes wicker to keep it looking vibrant for many seasons to come. Simply dip a clean cloth in lemon oil and wipe down your wicker furniture .
Hi Lynn, clean degloss and paint it! Using liquid sandpaper/deglosser or sandpaper helps dull any old paint, gloss or varnish, preps the area for a new coat of paint or varnish and helps bond the new finish to prevent it from chipping off easily.
All types of wicker patio furniture and many pieces of indoor wicker furniture can be quickly washed with a home or automotive power-washer . Furniture made with paper wicker , however, would be damaged by water and should be cleaned by hand.