How to Properly Maintain Your Outdoor Wicker Furniture

With so many different types of furniture style available today, what can you get that combines both affordability and style? Wicker, of course.

Now, wicker furniture is celebrated for its unique look as well as its durability. But, like in all cases, there will be times where the proper maintenance is needed to ensure that it lives up to its decade-long potential.

Cover Your Furniture

If you plan on using wicker as the primary theme for your outside patio, you’ll want to make sure that it’s not directly exposed to the harsh weather changes.

Yes, wicker is durable, but it won’t stay that way if its being pummeled on a daily basis by torrential rain storms and blistering summer days.

Take a weather-proof tarp and cover all your wicker furniture pieces until you need them for a certain occasion– the same way that you would if your outdoor chair cushions were prone to weather damage.

The Risks and Damages 

People who live in areas with high humidity levels and heavy rainfall face the risk of mold and mildew growth. If the cushions are attached to the wicker furniture, you’re essentially putting your furniture at risk of even worse damage. Always keep them covered or stored. This is one common problem that can be easily solved by storing your pieces.

Always keep your wicker furniture in a place where there is adequate sunshine so it dries quicker. Preferably, store it in a shed where there is little moisture surrounding it – do this with your replacement cushions as well. You might end up watching your furniture change colors and even fade or crack.

The Advantages Wicker Furniture Can Bring To Your Backyard

Searching for ways to give your patio a little boost in style and décor? Add a bit of wicker into the mix and you’ll see how much livelier you can make your outdoor living space look. There are numerous advantages that wicker furniture can provide that other pieces like replacement cushions or designer chairs simply can’t match.

The Benefits

Wicker tends to have a natural and earthy appearance, which really meshes well with outdoor spaces. Furthermore, it’s a fantastic option for homeowners that are environmentally-conscious.

When you buy wicker furniture, you’re not only getting a trendy look, but you’re also getting durability. Wicker material, most commonly known being rattan, grows in warm, dry weather. It’s naturally tough but becomes soft with high heat – allowing it to be weaved into a variety of shaped. On cooling, the rattan hardens into a particular shape, or whatever the manufacturer request. Wicker furniture can last you over 10 years with the proper care.

If you’re looking for a relatively maintenance-free type of furniture, wicker is easy to maintain. Furniture items made of wicker materials can be kept free of damages by simply directing them away from the sun and the rain and cleaning it with a brush on occasion. Most wicker connoisseurs will ensure that all furniture items covered with a tarp when not in use to maximize their longevity.

Wicker Paradise offers the finest cushions for outdoor furniture. With quality and style mind, mix and match your favorite pieces.

If you’re looking to do an intense cleaning session, use a damp sponge to wipe all the dirt and grime away. If you commit to this on a weekly basis, you’ll notice that your furniture will retain its initial shine for years.

Wicker Furniture: An Inside Look Into Wicker Materials

Wicker furniture is both durable and fashionable for any home. It can mesh well with any type of décor and is also a superb choice for a sunroom or covered patio.

For instance, a treasure garden umbrella would work well with any patio decorated with wicker furniture. Refresh your exterior design with a long-lasting type of furniture piece that will bring warmness to any celebration.

What is Wicker?

Wicker is often used when referring to the crafting of unique furniture pieces. While wicker typically represents the type of furniture that’s made from reed, it also refers to furniture that is made from any type of material that is easily workable or bent easily – and strong enough to retain its shape after being dried. Normal materials include reed, rattan, bamboo, or willow. These fibers, when woven in complex patterns, are durable and actually quite light in weight.

Mix and match with our brown Jordan replacement cushions. Designed to exceed expectations, these cushions look perfect next to a wicker sofa.

Quality wicker furniture pieces come coated with a type of gloss that gives it additional strength and prevents it from unraveling or chipping over time. Also, it protects outdoor wicker furniture from being damaged in extreme weather conditions. While wicker materials are indeed naturally strong, the harsh climate conditions can have a profound effect on any type of furniture material when left outdoors day in and day out.

Seagrass furniture from Wicker Paradise is available in a variety of shapes and sizes. With an emphasis on quality, match these with your gorgeous sunroom décor.

How to Integrate Wicker Into Your Interior Design

Summary: Wicker furniture has a unique look and feel that can’t be imitated by any other type of material.

Interior design is a unique outlet for expression. Not only can you decorate your home with all your favorite colors, styles, and fabrics, but you’ll also be able to showcase your inner personality throughout your household.

Now, it’s not always easy to match certain styles with others. Your existing décor might not fit with the new wicker or seagrass furniture that you’re planning to add. But, with a little help from our tips, you’ll bring that inner peace your interior design has been longing for.

Match Appropriately

You never know what looks good in a room until you can physically see it. Adding a wicker sofa, for instance, will significantly change the style of your room, making you have to rethink what will work best with the color scheme.

Your theme should remain fluid throughout your entire household. Mixing and matching might sound like a fun idea, but you’re throwing out the whole notion of a theme by doing so. Some furniture pieces will mesh well with others. However, some will just stick out like a sore thumb.

Patience

We know how exciting interior design can be. But rushing the process won’t yield positive results. It’s important that you take your time and plan everything accordingly. You’ll often find that some ideas are worth a night’s rest to think over. We guarantee that the next day you take a look at your room, you’ll either be adamant about your changes or bothered by a certain aspect. Always remain patient throughout the process.

Lloyd Flanders cushions work well with any wicker-oriented theme. Give them a try today.

How Wicker Can Mesh Into Any Room In Your Home

Wicker furniture has survived centuries of existence dating all the way back to the Roman Empire. In today’s modern era of contemporary design, it can be challenging to find a designated area where wicker furniture would fit in your household.

At Wicker Paradise, we’ve created a guide to showcase how versatile wicker is and how it can it in nearly every room in your home – whether they’re patio furniture replacement cushions for your sunroom or custom wicker chairs for your living room.

Meshing Wicker Into Your Interior

Your bedroom, needless to say, is the most romantic locations in your home. To ensure that your furniture stands out, try and paint it to match a theme, or find a set that matches the interior of the room. Wicker is often utilized as a night stand or as a sitting space near a window. Wherever you decide to place it, wicker tends to bring light and air to your space, giving it a unique flow and comfort.

Wicker can turn any dining room into a rustic and stylish setting. Rather than placing an oversized dining room table, try wicker with four chairs instead for a quaint and welcoming environment. Wicker Paradise currently has Lloyd Flanders replacement cushions for sale that will mesh nicely with any dining room. Always feel free to mix and match to your liking.

Sunroom Paradise

Every sunroom needs to have an open airy feeling to it. If you’re looking for that added emphasis to the room, turn your attention to wicker to transform your room from boring to bright. Add some Lane Venture wicker pieces to explore that comfy feel that guests and kids alike will love.

How to Transform Your Outdoor Living Space into a “Wicker Paradise”

At Wicker Paradise, we pride ourselves in our ability to provide both comfort and function to your outdoor and indoor spaces. Whether it’s a basic wicker chair to transform your patio into an exotic dining destination or sunroom furniture to outfit that cozy living space of yours, we got you covered.

Now, don’t overlook all the opportunities that are available for your outdoor space. With the right wicker furniture sets, you can turn your home into a beautiful getaway that will beckon you outside. Here are some of the best tips for choosing the right patio furniture pieces for your living space.

Quality

While cheap plastic chairs might be ideal for your backyard, over time they’ll become brittle and eventually break down on you. Furthermore, they don’t add much of a visual flair to your patio. Be sure to always shop with care and purchase products that are built with quality in mind. The last think you’ll want is some indoor wicker furniture pieces made from fake wood and plastic.

Create a List

What type of outdoor living space do you want? What function are you looking for in your patio? Do you want it serve as a dining area? Would you like it to host your next summer dinner party?

Make a list of what you’re primarily going to utilize it for and use it as a guide to determine what type of furniture you’ll need to complete that look. This will help you stay true to your initial design without straying too far from the appearance that you want.

Cushion Covers: A Simple Guide to Swapping Them Out With Ease

Summary: Keep your cushions looking great by swapping them out after long periods of use. 

The cozy nature of wicker furniture makes it a great addition to any household. However, when your wicker furniture cushions become word, stained, or damaged over time, the appearance becomes inevitably marred. While the unique shape and design of wicker chair chairs may make replacing the cushions covers challenging, there certain ways you can do this without placing much effort into it.

Your Manufacturer Can Assist You

The easiest way to replace your outdoor chair cushions is to purchase new covers from the original manufacturer. Now, since cushions tend to vary in shape and size (depending on the wicker manufacturer), purchasing new covers from the same manufacturer is often your best bet to ensure that it properly fits.

In order to check your manufacturer, there should be a tag that identifies what company made the cushions. It may also include the company’s website address or other contact information. In many cases, you may be able to order directly from the manufacturer’s website. At Wicker Paradise, you can easily place an order online for any product that you are interested in and be done in minutes.

Accurate Sizing is Wholly Important

Wicker furniture cushions do not necessarily come in standard sizes. Rather, they vary in size, depending on the outdoor replacement cushions that your current piece requires. Prior to ordering, be sure to remove the old covers and use a tape measure to accurately measure the length, width, and thickness of the cushions. Write this information down as you’ll need this to ensure that you purchase the correct cushions size. On the rare occasion that your furniture has oddly sized cushions, you can easily purchase larger covers and have them tailored to fit.

How to Differentiate Cheap Wicker Sets from Quality Pieces

Summary: As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for”. It especially applies to wicker furniture pieces. This guide will show you how to strike gold when purchasing new wicker sets.

When it comes to wicker furniture, we at Wicker Paradise deal only with quality products so you get the very best for your exterior or interior design. But, not all wicker furniture is made equal. Cheap wicker is made out of plastic materials that will tear, scratch, and unravel over time. Now, as you may already know, plastic is not biodegradable and will eventually fill our landfills. Also, the appearance of cheap wicker won’t fool anyone – it just looks fake.

How Can I Tell the Difference Between Fake and Real?

Cheap wicker takes on the look of shiny vinyl. Plastic wicker pieces are also flimsy and will stick to your skin when you sit on it. Before your buy your wicker furniture, be sure to check the materials and ensure that it doesn’t consist of nearly 100% plastic. Otherwise, you’ll be in for a huge surprise once you take it home.

Quality wicker is made out of polyethylene, a synthetic resin that is both eco-friendly and safe for the environment. Some strands are infused with UV inhibitors to prevent fading from occurring after long exposure to the sun. Polyethylene is extremely durable and made to withstand the harsh elements. Additionally, it is resistant to cracking, fading, and scratching. Note that the same doesn’t apply to the cushions, so you may need to purchase replacement cushions after a period of time.

The material and quality of cheap wicker sets are incomparable to those that are made with polyethylene. Rather than going down the street to find a discount wicker piece, take the time to consider whether your investment will go the distance. Would you rather purchase a plastic set that sticks out like a sore thumb and requires you to purchase excess replacement cushions for your patio furniture, or opt for a resilient wicker piece that will compliment your household for years to come? 

Wicker Furniture Cleaning Tips: Part Two

Summary: Proper cleaning habits can prolong the life of your wicker furniture and maximize its life span.

As mentioned in the previous article, we at Wicker Paradise want you to get the most out of your wicker furniture. And in order to do that, proper care must be observed to ensure that it keeps that poignant look about it. This guide will provide additional tips on how you can maintain and clean your wicker furniture so it remains a beautiful part of your household.

General Cleaning

Wicker pieces require a thorough cleaning at least one or twice a year – everything from the patio furniture cushions to the innards of the wicker piece itself. To do this, take a moist microfiber cloth and gently rub the wicker surface from top to bottom.

Be sure not to miss any section as dust and dirt regularly builds up – especially with sunroom furniture.

Mold and Mildew

A common sight for sore eyes is the growth of mold and mildew. However, eliminating this is rather easy. Mix together white vinegar (25%) and room temperature water (75%) and wipe the entire wicker piece down. Follow this by wiping the furniture piece with regular water.

Repairing Damaged Furniture

If your wicker furniture has damaged or broken slats, you can easily repair this with specially designed wood glue. Isolate the damaged area and place the glue to fit the slat. Allow ample time for the glue to settle and dry before continuing to clean further. On the other hand, if the damage is too severe, you may need to take it to a professional for repair.

The Bottom Line

Wicker furniture can compliment any living space, whether indoor or outdoor. By cleaning them regularly (and thoroughly), your pieces will shine vibrantly amongst your other furniture pieces. We at Wicker Paradise also recommend adding one of our Treasure Garden Umbrellas to your patio or sunroom to add a touch of elegance to your outdoor design.

Wicker Furniture Cleaning Tips: Part One

Summary: Ensure that your wicker furniture pieces live a long and healthy life by caring for them properly.

Wicker furniture pieces are popular for both indoor and outdoor living spaces. Wicker comes in a wide array of patterns and colors, making it complimentary to any decorative scheme that you have already in place – especially our specialty popular Treasure Garden Umbrella. Furthermore, it’s comfortable, sturdy, and attractive. Wicker is a combination of reed weaves, plant fibers, and other materials. Therefore, it requires the owner to take special care to ensure that it looks its best.

Here are some tips that we at Wicker Paradise recommend to keep your wicker chairs, tables, and other pieces in tip-top shape.

Basic Cleaning

Prior to the start of your cleaning, be sure to remove any patio furniture replacement cushions beforehand and clean them separately – according to the manufacturer’s instructions – as certain fabric types require specific care.

If your wicker chairs have dirt lodged within the crevices, use either a soft-bristled paintbrush or toothbrush to help remove it. Be careful not to push it down further into the crevice. Start by pushing the toothbrush in the corner of the section and brush outwards towards your body. This way, you’ll actually remove the dirt as opposed to jamming it deeper.

If you’re second-guessing whether a vacuum cleaner will cause irreparable damage to your wicker furniture, don’t worry. Use the brush attachment of your vacuum and make sure that your settings are on the lowest level to avoid causing any damage. Be sure to lightly suction the furniture piece and avoid carelessly banging it into the wicker.