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Re: spruce up wicker

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool246-111.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 6/9/5 01:23

In Response To: Re: spruce up wicker (Kristin)

Very often this is a sepia toned man made material, the strands would be a paper product that is twisted and may have a wire in the middle of some or all of the strands. Turn the piece over and inspect the bottom areas. Look closely at some of the woven material and see if it is the twisted paper. Some of the ends may reveal what is inside, if there are wires in the middle it is the twisted paper, but some twisted paper will not have any wire inside. If you have this paper weave then there is likely a shellac finish over a stain and cleaning can be done with a mild soap in cool water and quickly pat dry, working in small areas, dish soap is good. A compressor and air nozzle would help push the dirt out of the details so you can wipe away the dirt. A little bleach in the soapy water will help destroy any bacteria from mildew, this should be rinsed lightly with a spray bottle and wiped off right away. If any whitening of the finish begins to appear then stop and use mineral sprits to clean instead. Once finished you may want to apply a light shellac from a spray can sold at paint stores, when dry, buff with a green scotchbrit pad to lower the sheen a bit if it looks too shiny. If the material is a natural product like rattan it may have no finish and can be cleaned with the soapy water, but with a dark brown color that is unlikely.

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