Question - Can outdoor wicker furniture be repaired?

Answered by: Ruby Martinez  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 18-06-2022  |  Views: 1205  |  Total Questions: 9

If the resin strips in your faux wicker patio furniture are frayed, worn or cut, you can replace or repair them without too much effort or expense -- and get a few more years out of the set. Step 1 - Determine the Full Extent of Damage. Check the piece of wicker furniture over carefully to see if the frame is damaged as well as the wicker weaving. Step 2 - Clean the Chair. Step 3 - Use a Resin Epoxy to Re-glue the Loose Wicker Strips. Step 4 - Buy New Resin Strips and Reweave Them. Step 5 - Paint if Necessary. Resin wicker has a textured surface so use a soft bristled cleaning brush and mild multi surface cleaner or soapy water (one part mild soap to 8 parts water) to clean all surfaces. Use a toothbrush to get into any corners that the cleaning brush can't reach. Rinse and let dry completely. Cracking happens when wicker becomes too dry, and to fix it, you need to restore moisture. Use tung oil or boiled linseed oil to hydrate the wicker. Apply one of these products with a brush, being sure to thoroughly cover the cracks. Let it dry until the oil has soaked into the wicker. Outdoor wicker patio furniture looks great, but it requires special care. Coated or finished wicker furniture lasts longer in outdoor settings because the wicker reeds are coated against the elements. Although synthetic wicker is the most durable, it still requires extra care for a long life.

Use wood glue to fix them. Apply a drop or 2 of wood glue to the bottom of any loose ends that are sticking out. Carefully tuck them back into the wicker pattern by pulling the strands together. Hold down the glued pieces for several seconds to allow them to bond to the chair. Do this for each loose strand you find.

Use a wire brush with a scraper to remove old paint and rust from the solid portions of wicker furniture. After wiping off loose dirt, wash the furniture with a sponge and liquid detergent. Keep the sponge damp rather than wet, and use as much foam as possible. For mildewed areas, add 1 cup bleach to the water.

First recordings of wicker furniture date back to 3, 000 B. C. Victorian Wicker becomes popular during the Golden Era of the Victorian Era (1860-1880). Cyrus Wakefield, known as the Father of the Wicker Industry, founds Wakefield Rattan Company in 1851.

Apply a dab of wood glue to breaks in the fibers, using the flat end of a toothpick as an applicator. Press the broken fibers back together for a moment, then allow them to dry completely. Apply glue to the ends of fibers that have come away from the frame, then push them back into place with a toothpick.

To repair a chair leg on which wicker wrapping has come loose, cut a length of wicker caning and soak it in water for about 30 minutes (Image 1) to make it more flexible. Apply a dab of glue under the end of the loose wrapping, then insert the end of the new strand, and tap it in place with a small tack (Image 2).

Place your wicker furniture on a dropcloth in the garage or in a protected area outdoors. Clean the furniture thoroughly with a sponge and mild dish soap mixed with warm water. Turn intricate pieces or those with great detail upside down so that you can apply the polyurethane more easily to hard-to-reach places.

Refinishing With Paint Spread dropcloths in your work area under the rocker. Scrape off as much flaking paint as you can with a brass or wire brush. Sand the edges of the spots where paint remains to blend and soften them. Apply a coat of oil-based primer to all parts of the chair using a natural bristle brush.

Soak the cane sheets in warm water for an hour. Soaking makes the caning material pliant and easy to work with. Cut around both edges of the old spline on the chair with a utility knife. Break the bond of the old glue so you can easily lift the spline out of the groove.

Synthetic Wicker Resin and vinyl are basically made from plastic and are then cut into very thin strips and are then woven to cover a given furniture frame. Due to the makeup of synthetic furniture, they have become the perfec solution for outdoor furniture. It effectively stands out to moisture and the suns UV rays.