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How to Make Sure Your Wicker Furniture Survives the Winter

Wicker garden furniture looks attractive, but many people worry about how best to protect it from the vagaries of the climate, and particularly from the wet and the cold. Here are three tips to ensure that your wicker furniture survives the winter in good condition:

1. Weatherproof Covers
Well-fitted weatherproof covers will protect your furniture from the rain and snow. It is important to take the following factors into consideration.
You should make sure that:

  • Each cover fits closely so that your furniture is properly protected from the weather.
  • The covers are made of a good quality fabric that can withstand snow, hail, strong winds and the attentions of any curious foxes.
  • There is adequate ventilation incorporated into the fabric to prevent the build up of condensation and mould, which would be an unpleasant surprise when removing the covers in the spring for the first time.
  • Have reinforced seams and strong ties so that there is no danger of the covers blowing away during autumn storms.
  1. UV Protection for Wicker Furniture
    Look for good quality wicker furniture that has been UV stabilised so that there is little chance of it losing its attractive looks because of sun damage. Watch out for inferior quality, often dark-coloured, artificial wicker that is made from recycled plastics rarely contains enough UV stabiliser to guarantee any lasting protection. Covers and cushions can also contain UV protection. It is also possible to buy UV protection oil, which you can brush on to the furniture yourself.

    3. Choose Wicker Furniture Made from Weather Resistant Materials
    Some higher quality garden suites, such as Kettler wicker furniture, can be expected to last through the winter untreated because they have been built with weather resistant materials. Strong aluminium frames are a sensible choice when it comes to wicker furniture for the simple reason that aluminium is lightweight and it does not rust, unlike other metals. Artificial wicker made from polyethene will last for many years and is easy to clean and maintain. It is also worth thinking about whether to choose round or flat wicker. Round wicker is by far the most robust and is much less likely to snap and fray than flat wicker.

    When the spring arrives, your wicker furniture may be looking a little worse for wear because of a natural accumulation of garden grubbiness over the winter months. The good news is that it can easily be washed away with some hot soapy water. If you spot any mould, add a capful of bleach to the water and attack with a soft-bristle brush. Do this on a breezy, sunny day so that it quickly dries, and the furniture should look as good as new and ready to be enjoyed for another summer.