The word “wicker” can mean several different kinds of materials. Did you know that? I didn’t, until I began to research the subject. Whether your wicker is vine and wood-based, or paper fibre rush, will determine how to clean it, and whether or not it can be used outdoors.
Learn about what different types of wicker require for cleaning, and what will harm it, here:
Don’t expose any wicker to the full elements, but wood-based and vine wickers thrive on covered porches, and in fact need some humidity so they don’t crack.
Wood-based and Vine Wicker
Wood-based can handle water, and I’ve even heard of people sending this type of
wicker (unpainted) through the car wash.
Vacuuming is a very handy way of getting dust out of the nooks and crannies.
Make sure to allow wood-based and vine wicker to completely dry before using.
Use a mild soap and water (about 1 tablespoon of detergent to 1 gallon of water), and just make sure not to allow the wicker to get too wet.
Paper Fiber Wicker
Water can destroy paper wicker, so only clean with a damp cloth and a vacuum cleaner. Paper fiber wicker needs to be protected from all extreme elements.