Wicker is a product made of woven vines or stems. Many believe that this material is of Scandinavian origin because it comes from the word wika meaning to bend. In Swedish, it comes from the word vikker which means willow. The most utilized material in the country, though, is the rattan vine. This has been so for the past 150 years.
Where quality materials are harvested and the vines are properly woven, wicker indoor furniture should be able to last a century (even more). There are some wicker antiques that date all the way back to the Victorian period which are still in use today. The oldest known, surviving wicker furniture pieces come from the Egyptian empire. The pieces include wig boxes, chests, chairs and hassocks.
Wicker Rattan Furniture is a kind of material that you can use indoors, right inside your beautiful sunroom. This material offers a natural and comfortable look which is difficult to find in many materials.
There are many pieces that can be bought including sofas, chairs, loveseats, side tables and coffee tables. There are sets that match and some that contrast magnificently. Just add a few potted plants in your sunroom, some colorful cushions, a few decorative nature-based accessories and your theme will be a huge success.
Wicker is not as delicate as it looks so it is quite easy to maintain. This does not mean that you have to be lax when it comes to caring for it, though. Leave it uncared for for too long and you’d end up losing a sturdy, beautiful piece.
Wicker furniture care takes little but regular cleaning. You can dust the furniture daily and vacuum it during the weekends. When using the vacuum, make sure that you also clean the hard-to-reach areas.
It is also important to use a mild, soapy solution to clean wicker furniture twice each month. Do not splash the water onto the furniture, instead, just use the suds to wipe clean small portions of the wicker furniture. To reach the crevices, use a toothbrush so that molds and mildew will not develop. Be sure to wipe any wet area with a dry cloth.
To care for wicker, you would also need a humidifier/dehumidifier to maintain the levels of humidity inside your home. This is important so that your wicker pieces will remain flexible.