Caring for Wicker Furniture
First things first– What is wicker? “Wicker” refers to woven furniture that is made from pliable materials such as vines, grasses and plants. Wicker is the name of the woven furniture, or the act of weaving. Wicker furniture is made of four main materials: rattan (cane), reed, bamboo and willow. The current trend is painted wicker. The most popular colour is white as it goes with all other colours and allows easy changes in decor. Wicker furniture is sturdy and decorative, but when caring for wicker furniture, keep in mind that it is made of a natural material. Painted or raw, wicker furniture needs to be cared for properly so it lasts for many years.
Dust or vacuum with a brush attachment regularly. Make sure to get all the crevices as this is where dust builds up. Spills should be cleaned immediately with soap and water.
Every year or so, your raw wicker furniture needs a deep cleaning. First, dust furniture. Then, wash thoroughly with soap and warm water. After, rinse with a garden hose. Finally, dry quickly
How-to: Clean Kitchen Cabinets
A kitchen is not just heavily used, it is heavily abused: there’s heat, there’s moisture and there’s grease. These things cause havoc on your kitchen cabinets. There are ways to clean kitchen cabinets, but every finish requires a little different TLC.
Wood & Finished Doors
When you clean kitchen cabinets made out of wood, clean with a damp cloth in the direction of the timber grain. After, dry with a clean cloth in the same direction.
For stubborn grease build-up, use vinegar and water to remove the sticky film on your cabinet exteriors. Vinegar and water is not only cheap, it’s also a natural cleaning solution. Start with ⅓ vinegar to ⅔ water. For more stubborn stains, use more vinegar.
For a commercially available cleaners, we recommend an emulsion-type cleaner (such as Murphy’s Oil Soap). These are free of wax and silicones. Using silicone polishes (such as Mr. Sheen) can damage your cabinet’s finish. Using wax polishes over time will result in a build-up of wax.
Keep in mind that if you do use an oil or wax on your cabinets, it may be difficult in the future to re-coat your cabinets because of the build-up on the surface of the
Vinyl Kitchen Cabinets: Peel Easier Than a Banana
Everyone wants a kitchen they can be proud of; one to show off to friends and family. But when your vinyl kitchen cabinets start to peel, what should you do?
You’ve probably already watched the youtube video on how to glue those edges of your vinyl cabinet doors back on. You might have even tried it. When vinyl starts to peel it’s the edges that typically go first. You can glue, sand, and re-glue, but let’s face it, you are fighting the inevitable—they’re going to peel. Like a beautiful rose, your vinyl cabinets weren’t built to last.
Vinyl typically starts to peel in 5-7 years, sometimes sooner if it’s exposed to heat or poorly manufactured. Don’t feel like a victim—they were built to peel. And peel they will, but you have options.
So what are your options?
If your cabinets are still covered under their warranty, give your cabinet maker a call to get them repaired. Even if your cabinet maker has gone out of business or sold the business, your cabinets
Sprucing Up an Iron Chair
Click on the link below to watch a short clip of one of our specialists painting a wrought iron chair red. The chair was initially sandblasted, then coated 3 times with an exterior two pac polyurethane. The colour is Dulux Rushworth Gloss. This colour will add warmth and life to any garden or patio.
To Call, or Not to Call – Professional Furniture Restoration
In your home, there are many projects that you can do yourself. DIY is a great way to save money. It also gives you the added pleasure of knowing you put in the time and effort to complete a project. However, there are some projects that should be left to the professionals, such as professional furniture restoration and cabinet refinishing.
Furniture restoration may seem like it’s easy, but to do it right requires a lot of time and training. French polishing furniture, for example, takes technique and experience to do right. A bad finish can completely ruin a piece of furniture. If you care about your furniture, getting a professional to restore it will add to its life.
Painting is one home update that homeowners like to do themselves. It’s fun (sometimes) and relatively easy to do. However, painting a wall is much different than painting or refinishing cabinets or other furniture restoration in your home.
Painting or refinishing cabinets can be time-consuming and tedious if you don’t know what you’re doing. Cabinets are