Furniture made from natural materials has always been popular and we are seeing another rise in the popularity of materials like wicker. I love the use of wicker furniture in a home and as patio furniture, but wicker need special treatment to ensure that it will not rot. Many people buy wicker furniture without knowing how to maintain these pieces only to find themselves disappointed when they fall apart. I am writing this article to help you get as many years of comfort out of that wicker furniture as is possible. To achieve this, we need to seal it properly.
Wicker furniture that will be used indoors does not need to be sealed in the same way that patio furniture truly needs it, but even the moisture in the air will cause the wicker to degrade over time and accident happen. Drinks get spilled and pets have accidents. It is better to treat all wicker furniture the same and be prepared for the worst.
Clean the wicker thoroughly and make sure that there is no dirt or dust on the piece. Anything that is stuck to the piece p furniture is going to be there forever once you apply the sealant. Use a long bristled brush attachment for your vacuum cleaner to get into the crevices and remove everything you can. This is especially important for second hand furniture of furniture that has been stored outside.
Polycrylic is a great sealant for indoor use, but it may yellow over time in the sun. It is, however, very easy to handle and apply. It is not particularly toxic, but I suggest applying it outside or in a well-ventilated room. For wicker patio furniture, I suggest using marine varnish or spar urethane. Both should be applied outside as they have nasty fumes, but they offer great protection. Spar urethane is great for wicker patio furniture, because it dries clear and has good flexibility, which matters with the naturally flexible wicker. You should reapply these clear coatings every 2 years for the best protection.