If you are a fan of wicker furniture but have some pieces that are a little down in the dumps, here are some tips on how you can repair them, so you have a product that looks like the day you bought it.
Cleaning the Chair
You’ll want to start by taking a vacuum and take care of all the dust and loose dirt. To get in the small crevices and grooves, be sure to cut off the bristles on an old paintbrush and use it to dust the harder to reach places. An air compressor also works great for blowing out dust and small particles floating about.
You can also try using a wire brush with a scraper to remove old paint and rust from the solid portions of the chair. After wiping off any loose dirt, make sure you thoroughly wash the furniture with liquid detergent and soap. Keep the sponge damp instead of soaking wet. For areas that are covered in mildew, add 1 cup of bleach to the water. Make sure you wear latex gloves to protect your hands from splinters while cleaning your chair. Afterwards, rinse the furniture with a spray bottle filled with clean water. Wicker Paradise recommends that you avoid soaking the wicker – if you do, you’ll end up waiting a while for it to dry before it can be repaired.
After the furniture is prepared and clean, begin painting with a power sprayer or by hand. It’s preferable to paint indoors as to avoid any dust or insects that will mess up the finish. However, take the paint job outside if there isn’t adequate ventilation available. Use enamel paint that is suitable for wicker furniture – if you’re unsure, check the label beforehand. Hold the spray can away from the furniture and spray back and forth evenly for a solid coat.