What to Know Before Moving a Wicker Chair Outside

Posted on: 8 February 2019


There are times when you may want to move your furniture around to add more space to the home or change the look of a current space. This doesn't just apply to the interior of your home. You may have a wicker chair, cane chair or cane lounge that you would like to move outside to spruce up the outdoor living space. Though this could work out well for your design plans, there are a few things you need to know. Here are some things to know before moving your wicker furniture outside.

Scrub and Clean

The first thing you need to know is to scrub and clean the wicker furniture before you move it outside. You may think this is unnecessary, but remember that dust and small household debris can get stuck in the weaving of the chair or lounge. This dust or dirty can prevent outdoor sealants from taking hold to the furniture. If there are areas were the outdoor sealant can not grab onto the wicker, the wicker could be destroyed or damaged. Use a mild soap and brush to clean and scrub away the dirt and debris before sealing the furniture.

Sealing Properly

Sealing the wicker properly is the key step to ensuring your furniture will hold up in the outdoor elements. This means you need to choose a sealant that is specifically for your environment. For example, if you live in an area where there are many rainstorms, you will need a sealant that is specifically for heavy rains and water exposure. If you have more snow in your area, you may want a sealant that is ideal for colder weather conditions. Keep in mind, any sealant you use on your wicker furniture should be sprayed on rather than brushed on. The spray will adhere better and get into areas that brushes can't.

Proper Cover

In addition to cleaning and sealing the wicker chair, cane chair or cane lounge, you should also consider buying a cover. The cover should be made to fit your furniture dimensions and should touch the ground without exposing the furniture to the elements. The cover combined with the sealant will ensure that your furniture will last longer outside and that it will keep its colour without going dull during the various seasons.

These are just a few of the things you need to know before you move your wicker chair or other wicker and cane furniture outside. If you are ready to get the supplies you need, contact your local wicker dealer, manufacturer or home improvement store. Keep in mind that most wicker manufacturers and sellers will carry some of the items you need to protect your wicker furniture in the outdoor elements.