We want you to love your Amanda Lindroth wicker just as much in the years to come as you do the day it arrives. To keep your wicker piece looking great, just follow these simple guidelines:
1. Keep it protected. Moisture and sunlight are wicker's worst enemies. We do not recommend leaving any natural rattan outdoors or exposed to the elements.
2. Clean gently and regularly. Clean your wicker regularly by vacuuming with a brush attachment or use a soft damp cloth. Furniture polish isn't necessary, but can be used sparingly. Never use paint thinners or abrasive creams. If needed, clean your wicker with mild soap and water to remove grime and restore the patina.
3. Dry thoroughly. If cleaning with a damp cloth, be sure not to soak your piece. If it gets too wet, dry it in the sun if possible to prevent warping and mold.
4. Once a year, do a deep cleaning. Use a solution of mild soap and water to clean your piece all over, then dry it as quickly as possible with a hair dryer or by placing it in the sun. Once your wicker is completely dry, apply a coat of clear, low-sheen lacquer to seal it until next year's cleaning.
5. If mold or mildew develops. Wipe the affected area with a sponge or soft cloth dampened in a solution of ¼ cup bleach to one quart of water. Use a toothbrush dipped in the same solution to reach tight spots. Wipe down the entire piece with a fresh damp cloth or sponge to remove any bleach residue, and then allow it to dry outside on a sunny day. If your wicker still shows signs of mold or mildew afterward, repeat the cleaning process.
6. Protect furniture feet. Use felt pads or rubber stoppers on furniture feet to protect your piece and your floors.
7. Avoid extreme heat. Keep wicker away from extreme heat to avoid warping and splitting. If you live in a particularly dry area, use a humidifier to moisturize the air.
8. If you spot a split or crack, apply a small amount of linseed oil or wood moisturizer to help it recover. It won't heal the crack or split, but might make it less noticeable.