How to care for cane furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

Part of the wicker family, cane furniture lends a natural look to a home or patio. Cane furniture consists of a series of woven cane reeds that are wrapped around a solid structure to make furniture. Caring for this furniture is fairly simple. With proper care, cane furniture can usually last for anywhere from 5 to 25 years.

Clean your cane furniture with warm soapy water. Use small brushes to get into hard-to-reach areas, and rinse the furniture well. Wipe away excess moisture with a clean, dry towel, then allow it at least 24 hours to dry out completely. Avoid sitting on the furniture until it is thoroughly dry, as this may cause it to become misshapen.

Avoid setting cane furniture near heat. If it's indoors, don't place it near heater vents, and if it's outside, keep it out of direct sunlight. This can cause the cane to dry out and become brittle.

Place a damp cloth on the underside of a cane chair if the seat has become stretched out. Leave the cloth in place overnight. Cane is elastic, and the moisture will help to make it pliable. As it dries, it will go back into shape. Avoid sitting in the chair for at least 24 hours.

Brush away mould that may have accumulated on the furniture with a medium-bristle brush. Mix a solution of equal parts bleach and water and add enough dish soap to make it soapy. Scrub the area with the solution and rinse well. Set the furniture in a cool, dry place and avoid sitting on it for at least 24 hours.


Avoid placing concentrated weight on the furniture. Cane best handles evenly-distributed weight, so never use cane furniture as a stepping stool.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium-bristle brush
  • Dish soap
  • Dry, clean towel
  • Clean cloth
  • Bleach
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