How To Repair Wicker
How do you repair wicker? What tools do you need? What techniques can you use to repair wicker?
The way people weave types of grass, rattan, reed or willow into furniture is called wickerwork. To repair a wicker piece, you will need to find more rattan and poles. You can usually find it in the Yellow Pages under "Rattan." If you can purchase rattan in the same color as your furniture. If not, you will need to strip the rattan and finish it to the same color as your furniture. Of course, you might want to change the color of your furniture. If so, wait and color the completed piece.
To make the rattan and poles pliable, soak them in warm water for about 20 minutes. This will allow you to weave the rattan.
1. To cover a pole, take the rattan and tack it to one of the ends. Then, wind the rattan around the pole to the other end. You can tack or glue the rattan down, so it cannot be seen.
2. To re-weave a damaged area, cut out the damaged area with wire cutters. Then re-weave the new rattan in. If you start at the furniture's underside, gluing in there, then weaving it in the same pattern; no one will be able to tell it's a new strand of rattan.
3. Once the wicker is how you want it, glue all the loose ends in place. Once it is complete, you can finish or paint the wicker if you want. No matter what you choose, make sure to keep you new wicker clean. Rinsing it with water will clean it, and restore its moisture.