Wicker furniture can be made from many materials such as rattan, bamboo, seagrass, water hyacinth, etc. It can be seen that most of the wicker furniture uses natural material above. Rattan materials become the most popular material for wicker furniture. Not only come with natural rattan, but it also comes with synthetic rattan material. Both of them have become a trend lately.
Since most wicker furniture uses natural material, it is very susceptible to mildew attack. Mildew will grow on your wicker furniture if you kept it in a humid or moist environment over time. Besides, mildew can cause dark spot and even rise an unpleasant odor. This condition is uncomfortable for you as the owner. Perhaps you think that to get mildew off of your wicker is hard, but actually, it is as easy as pie.
Before you regret about your wicker furniture that is no longer be used, follow these steps to clean mildew from wicker furniture so you still can enjoy your wicker furniture:
Set it outside your house. Set your wicker furniture outside your house above the plastic layer in order to avoid direct contact between land and wicker furniture. Make sure you do the cleaning in a breezy and sunny day in order to help furniture dries quickly. Wear eyes protection also to avoid your eyes from bleach splashes.
Remove any dust or debris. Prepare a feather duster and a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust or debris on wicker furniture. Use a feather duster to remove dust on the surface of the wicker furniture, then use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust or debris from crevices.
Mix bleach and water. Mix a 50-50 solution of bleach and water in a bucket. You can replace bleach with vinegar if you want it more environmentally friendly. Then, dip a soft-bristle brush into the bucket that filled with a mixture of bleach and water. A soft-bristle brush won’t make wicker furniture damage.
Scrub the mildewy areas. Use a soft-bristle brush to scrub any mildewy spots of wicker furniture gently. Dip the brush back frequently into the bucket. Then, scrub again frequently and gently in order to clean the mildewy spots overall. Use toothbrush dipped into the bleach to reach crevices. The more mildewy spots you have, the more you should do the scrubbing.
Wipe the piece down. Dip the sponge into the bucket that filled with a mixture of bleach and water. Use this sponge to wipe the entire piece down. This will help remove any odor as well.
Rinse your wicker furniture. After bleaching your wicker, you should rinse it with plain water. Use sponge dipped into plain water, then wipe the entire piece down.
Dry your wicker furniture. Dry it with a towel to prevent the pieces from soaking up excess moisture. Then, set it a non-humid area out of the sun. Wait for several days to make sure it dries completely.