Tips to Guard Against Sun Damage
People who invest in beautiful wicker furniture such as that sold by Lane Venture understandably want it to last for a long time. This means keeping it clean through regular vacuuming and gentle scrubbing and protecting it from high winds and extremes of temperature. It also means protecting it from the sun. The sun gives off ultraviolet light that causes the fibers of plant materials to deteriorate and dry out prematurely. This advice from Wicker Paradise will help protect your brand new cushions from sun damage.
The challenge with this is that sunroom furniture or patio or deck furniture is often made of rattan, reeds or bamboo woven in a wicker style. These natural products do tend to diminish over time if they’re exposed to the sun and lack weatherproofing. The good news is that wicker furniture is fairly easy to protect from sun damage. It needs to be covered, either with a drugget, a tarp or a retractable awning when it’s not in use.
Two or three coats of marine varnish or even paint gives the furniture protection. At the end of the season, wicker furniture made of natural fibers should be rubbed with tung or linseed oil to keep it from drying out then brought indoors.
Another way to protect wicker furniture from sun damage is to buy furniture that is already weatherproof. This furniture, which includes indoor wicker furniture, is woven from polyethylene resin. Resin wicker chairs, tables and sofas often have aluminum frames. Aluminum doesn’t rust or corrode but helps furniture keep their shape even in the most adverse conditions. This means wind, rain, snow and spills as well as sunlight.