Your wicker furniture chair can last for years with proper care, but it can be damaged by damp conditions or rough handling. You can repair your wicker chair simply, with supplies that are readily available. Follow the guidelines below to repair your damaged wicker chair.
Obtain Wicker Reeds for Repair
You can purchase wicker reeds for replacement and repairs at building supply centers, craft stores and other retailers. Ensure you match your chair's reeds in diameter, texture and color where possible. Add 5 to 6 inches to your measurement for reed length, as you need extra length to reweave and fasten them into the existing wicker.
Prepare the Wicker Reeds for Use
You will need to soak the wicker reeds in water for half an hour to an hour, to soften them and make them flexible. Add 3 drops of antibacterial dish washing liquid to the water to prevent the growth of mildew and mold.
Reweave the Damaged Section
Wind the new strands into the existing ones until you have filled the damaged spot. Pull the reeds tightly to make a solid patch. Allow the rewoven reeds to dry completely, for at least 48 hours. Coat the chair with boiled linseed oil to protect all the wicker from cracking.