Cleaning wicker furniture

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Agilityscots, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Songster

    Jun 9, 2007
    Central Ohio
    Anyone have any hints on how to do this?

    Last weekend, a friend gave us a lovely wicker couch and endtable for our breezeway. Unfortunately, it had been sitting in the entryway of her old farmhouse for years, and it is literally encrusted with dust. I used a scrub brush to get most of it out, but it still smells very musty. Any ideas?

  2. missusduray

    missusduray Songster

    May 20, 2007
    Northern Minnesota
    Remember that you can give it a shower but never a bath. Soaking it in water will wreck it. As for the smell, the best thing is just to let it air out. Rinse it with a graden hose on the shower setting. Good luck! and Congrats!
  3. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    Found this for you.

    Use laundry bleach to remove musty smell from wicker furniture

    Chlorine laundry bleach
    Use 1/4 cup of chlorine laundry bleach in two gallons of warm water and use a medium bristle brush, like a vegetable brush. Dip the brush and gently scrub the wicker furniture completely, even underneath, then rinse the same way with clean warm water.

    The sun will help remove odor.
    It'll help if you can put the wicker furniture in the sun to dry. The sun works wonders with eliminating odor.

    Let the wicker furniture dry
    Let the wicker furniture dry completely before you use it, because if you sit on it while it's damp it will move the strands of reed slightly and when it dries the strands will stay in the new position and could put stress on the joints.

    You may have to repeat the treatment two or three times to get rid of the smell completely, then it would be a good idea to give your wicker furniture an annual treatment just to be sure to keep from having the musty odor problem again
  4. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    Ah - this was one of the annual chores I had to do for my gramma when I was little. She made me use an old toothbrush so I could really get into the nooks and crannies!
    Poison Ivy's advice is right on. Just be sure your bleach mixture isn't too strong, and rinse well.
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I use a scrubbie and the hose to clean works great to get the ploop and splort out of all the nooks and crannies.
  6. Sharona

    Sharona Songster

    Jun 10, 2007
    I read an article years ago that said use salt in the water when cleaning it. It was supposed to help keep the weaving strength strong.
  7. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Songster

    Jun 9, 2007
    Central Ohio
    Wonderful! Thanks so much, everyone! How is it that no matter what I ask here, someone always has an answer?? [​IMG]

  8. schmism

    schmism Songster

    Feb 16, 2007
    Peoria IL
    TSP and carefull use of a pressure washer would be my method....

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