Housekeeping

How to: Clean and preserve resin wicker

How to: Clean and preserve resin wicker

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Housekeeping

How to: Clean and preserve resin wicker

Learn how to spruce up your weatherproof woven furniture and keep it pristine.

1 PREPARE
Remove all cushions, which should be laundered separately as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Remove and clean any glass panes (such as tabletops) with a specialty spray.

2 CLEAN
Using the jet setting, hose the furniture off with water to remove loose dirt, dust and water marks. Though weather-resistant synthetic wicker is significantly sturdier than its natural-fibre counterpart, its textured surface poses the same cleaning challenge. Get into the nooks and crannies by scrubbing the surface with a nylon-bristled brush dipped in soapy water (use one part mild dish soap to eight parts water). If you live in a very wet climate, add one part white vinegar to the solution to ward off mildew. Rinse the furniture with the hose and leave it out in the sun to dry.

3 PRESERVE
At the end of the season, move the furniture to a covered area like a garage or shed, and drape it with cotton canvas sheeting to combat dust. If you’re unable to take it indoors, wrap the furniture tightly in waterproof tarps.
 

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Tried and true tip

When nestled into a verdant yard, your outdoor furniture can get into a sticky situation: Sap drippings from surrounding trees can be tricky to remove. Begin by scraping off any dry sap using a dull blade. Next, rub the remainder using a clean cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol. Wash the alcohol off with mild dish soap and rinse with water. The sap will be gone without a trace.
 

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Handy helpers

1
Old timer: J.R. Watkins has made things the old-fashioned way since 1868. All-purpose cleaner in lemon, $6, .

2 Limited edition: Get this naturally derived summery scent while you can! Method All-Purpose Cleaner in Sunset Beach, $6, . 

3 Family lore: Developed by a Torontonian based on her grandmother's recipe. All-Purpose cleaner in Lime & Ginger, $10, .

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How to: Clean and preserve resin wicker