First, what exactly is wicker? Most people think of wicker as a type of material, like a vine that grows in the tropics. The materials used in what we call wicker furniture are flexible rattan, willow, bamboo, reeds or a synthetic polyethylene fiber. Synthetic polyethylene fiber is known in the furniture world as wicker resin. This will help you when shopping for that special piece you still need or for a complete patio set that includes sitting, dining and relaxing if a synthetic material is your particular taste. If you choose a natural material, it will be woven into a plant-based framework. However, if you want something more maintenance free, the choice would be a resin wicker.
How old is the wicker furniture? Well, we know that it is at least over 2000 years old. This was discovered in the tomb of Tatankhamen. Tatankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh and when discovering his tomb, wicker furniture was found.
Will the wicker furniture hold up over time? In days gone by, wicker furniture was considered an inexpensive alternative for bedroom, apartment, and cabin furniture. That is no longer the case. Today, wicker is very resistant and, at the same time, extremely elegant. Depending on what type of material to use in the weaving process will determine how to care for it so that it lasts as long as it lasts. Like us, the sun can take its toll on wicker furniture made of natural material. One of the ways to protect and extend the use of these wicker furniture is to rub them well with lemon oil or with linseed oil that is previously boiled. The other problem with a natural wicker piece of furniture is that it can easily become moldy. Therefore, if you are set up for your patio furniture to be of a natural material, then it should be stored in a dry place, such as indoors during any rainy or winter conditions. Also, with a piece of natural wicker, you may find rough areas that make sitting uncomfortable, just lightly sand those areas with a fine-grit sandpaper. Now if you choose a resin wicker furniture, when it gets a little dirty, just wash it with your garden hose and then let it dry in the sun. So what about durability? Your choice of natural or resin wicker will have a lot to do with that and also with the care of the pieces over time. If you are looking for wicker furniture that is maintenance free, then the choice of resin is the one to make. Adding to ease of cleaning, each piece is woven onto an aluminum or steel frame. Choosing aluminum gives you more peace of mind as it will not rust over time.
Lastly, what about the coloring. If you choose a natural wicker furniture material, it will be a beige shade. But if you opt for a resin-based piece, your options are endless. You will find wicker that is snow white to a dark brown. And that is just the beginning. For those cushions, you can find just about any shade and pattern found on the market today. This can reflect your personality when choosing a style and color for your wicker furniture. Go bold or go for a soft color, you’re spoiled for choice.
Happy outdoor life.