How to Effectively Take Care of Your Outdoor Wicker Furniture

October 4th, 2019

So you’ve bought a fantastic selection of wicker furniture to deck out and compliment your outdoor area… great choice! Wicker gives backyard areas a homely, cozy, and natural look while being versatile, lightweight, and durable. As one of the most reputable outdoor furniture stores in the New Castle County area, we want to educate our customers on best practice wicker furniture care. The following tips will help you efficiently maintain your wicker furniture for years to come.

What is Wicker?

Wicker is a term for the method of weaving that is used to make products such as chairs, baskets, and many different types of outdoor and indoor furniture. Rattan, bamboo cane and other natural fibers are traditionally used to create these pieces. In the cases of furniture, plant material is bent and weaved over aluminum frames to create unique, sturdy, and durable products.

How to Clean Natural Wicker Furniture

Natural wicker should be vacuumed regularly; a brush attachment will help to remove any dust and dirt from nooks and crevices. If your wicker furniture is filthy, you can spot clean using a solution of mild dish detergent and warm water. A sponge or an old toothbrush is perfect for lifting the dirt without damaging the material. After the dirt has been lifted, you should rinse over the furniture with a damp sponge or rag. Ensure that you let the material dry thoroughly, as failing to do so can result in the formation of mildew.

How to Clean Resin Wicker Furniture

The same cleaning methods are sufficient for both natural and resin wicker. However, if your resin wicker furniture gets very dirty, or it’s covered in dust after the offseason, you can hose the furniture down to shift any stubborn stains or dirt. Again, make sure that the furniture is completely dry before replacing any cushions or covers to avoid mold and mildew growth.

Placement of Wicker Furniture

Placement is of paramount importance if you want to increase the lifespan of outdoor wicker furniture. Poolside furniture is prone to chlorine buildup; therefore, they require more cleaning and attention. Place your furniture away from barbeques, firepits, and outdoor ovens, as these can cause heat spots to appear on your wicker items. 


If there are a lot of trees in your garden, be wary of tree sap and mulch staining and damaging furniture. Also, be aware that pets can claw and chew at wicker furniture, so bear this in mind when you strategically place your outdoor items. Keep your wicker furniture covered when not in use and avoid leaving it out in direct sunlight for prolonged periods. This helps to prevent fading and mold. Although outdoor furniture is designed to resist the elements, nature can cause deterioration of natural materials over time.

For more information, or to browse our selection of polywood outdoor furniture in Montgomery County, contact us today.