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Wonderful Wicker: How to Clean It

Wonderful Wicker:  How to Clean It

The word ďwickerĒ can mean several different kinds of materials. Did you know that? I didnít, 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:

Donít 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 Iíve 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.

Rattan Wicker
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.

Read more: Home, Non-Toxic Cleaning

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8:32AM PST on Nov 10, 2012

thank you

3:15AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

thanks for sharing

12:55AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

7:02PM PDT on May 18, 2011

This is great to know cause I have two wicker book shelves. Thanks Annie.

12:30AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:13AM PST on Nov 17, 2010

I have also used the shower. :-)

5:33PM PST on Nov 16, 2010


12:44PM PST on Nov 16, 2010

I used to put my wicker chair in the shower to clean it (when I was in college). Got strange looks but a nice clean chair. :)

11:50PM PDT on Apr 11, 2010


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