How to clean teak and wicker

As living starts to move more into the fresh air, your outdoor furniture might need a bit of a refresh.

The Australian Furniture Association provided these tips for teak and wicker seats and tables:

  • Use a mild oil-base soap, such as Murphy Oil Soap, mixed with warm water.
  • For a do-it-yourself cleaning solution, mix 1⁄4 cup ammonia, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water.
  • Commercial wood cleaners are often the most effective, but be sure to read directions carefully.
  • Wicker and painted woods might require diluting the solution.
  • For hard woods, consider annually sanding and applying a fresh coat of protective finish, such as oil, stain, or a polyurethane coating.
  • Hose down wicker every few weeks to prevent dirt buildup in crevices.
  • Don’t soak your wicker furniture when cleaning – it may weaken the weave.
Take care: Don’t soak your wicker furniture when cleaning – it may weaken the weave.

Take care: Don’t soak your wicker furniture when cleaning – it may weaken the weave.

Regularly wiping down wood to remove dirt, debris, and excess water is the best way to protect it

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