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Re: wicker-mildew????

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (67-22-200-210.albyny.adelphia.net)
Date: 4/3/5 12:22

In Response To: Re: wicker-mildew???? (Mike Corbeil)

Mildew is the offspring of Fungi and will attack the actual fiber of the wicker. Unfortunately if you don't want to paint the wicker there is very little you can do to protect it from mildew. All Mildewcides are pretty toxic, ...additives to paints are available, but I haven't seen any non paint additive mildewcides that are non-toxic enough to be recommended for seating areas, table tops etc. clear wood preservatives have a mildewcide component, but again, they are not recommended for seating surfaces and areas that will touch clothing and/or skin, because the components that will kill mildew and keep it from re-establishing are toxic to humans ...and pets, unless sealed into a paint film. So painting is an option with an additive in every step, primer and top coat, but killing all the mildew before doing so is paramount. One possibility if you're really partial to the wicker look is the new "fuax" wicker furniture that it appearing on the market.Although I realize that means replacing your furniture, they use aluminum frames and a synthetic reed that is almost impervious to weather, mildew, rot, etc. to conquer the problems inherent in keeping outdoor wicker, and it's very nice looking...almost udistinguishable from the real thing, available in several natural looking colors, and it can be power washed and scrubbed with abandon to clean. www.smithandhawken.com has some nice examples...

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