If you have a backyard garden retreat with some wicker patio furniture in it, you probably were totally in love with it when you first got it. You loved the romantic and country feel of those furniture pieces. You also probably thought they looked like the perfect pieces for your garden area. After all, they are made out of material that could have been grown in a garden.
But over time, if you don’t take care of them properly, you may notice your wicker furniture is not looking as good as you remember. It’s not quite as fresh and clean looking. That is because there are plenty of weather conditions that can have an impact on your wicker furniture, and bad impact at that.
Mold and Mildew
If you live in an area that has a lot of humidity or your furniture is regularly getting rained on, you may notice that there is some mold and mildew forming within the reeds that make up the pieces. Even worse, if you have cushions, it could be forming on and in them.
This is a very common problem to have with wicker furniture. There are so many places for water to get trapped and not evaporate easily, it is almost like a breeding ground for mold and mildew.
So, what can you do? Well there are a few options. First you should try to make sure Wicker Deck Furniture your furniture has a way to dry out or doesn’t get as wet in the first place. If you have your wicker outdoor furniture in a place where it is going to get a lot of water, make sure that it is also going to get a lot of sun that will help dry that water out. Another option is to talk to your retailer about possible mold and mildew resistant furniture pieces that will withstand the elements.
Another possible threat to your wicker furniture is from the sun. The sun can damage your furniture in a few ways. First, it may substantially change the color of your cushions. Just like it does on so many things, the sun can bleach your cushions and change the color of your fabric in just a few months. It can also have this effect on any paint that has been applied to your wicker furniture, making it crack and fade.
So, how do your protect your wicker outdoor furniture against these threats? Well just like you would protect your skin from the sun, you need to try and shade your furniture from the impact. Adding a patio umbrella or pulling the furniture under the cover of a patio may help. Additionally, ask your retailer about furniture that has UV resistance built in.
We all have weather that impacts our regions, but the best way to keep your outdoor furniture looking great is to understand the weather problems in your area and make sure you purchase furniture that has been built to stand up to those weather threats.