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Tending to Wickerwork

Tending to Wickerwork Most woven furniture is made from one or more of five types of fibers (down), each requiring a different method of cleaning. Scrub rattan with a soft-bristle brush dipped in warm, soapy water. Mist unfinished rattan once a year with a garden hose to keep it from drying out and becoming brittle. Do not hose rattan that has been painted or coated with a clear finish, rattan used in combination with fibers other than cane, or wood furniture accented with rattan; rather, moisten the rattan component of the furniture with a damp cloth. Mist cane with water,…

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Caring for Wood Floors

The finish on а wood floor protects it from wear and seals it against dust and spilled liquids. Before cleaning a floor, determine the type of finish on it (below). Older floors often have penetrating finishes. These soak into the wood pores and require waxing. Modern flooring more often has a surface finish—typically polyurethane—which forms a protective film and does not need to be waxed. Waxed Penetrating Finishes: To prolong the life of the wax, vacuum or dust- mop the floor weekly before dirt and dust are pressed into the surface. Wipe up spills immediately with a dry cloth or…