How to Remove a Stain From Wicker Furniture

Wicker furniture is made from tightly woven wood, usually rattan wood. This wood is flexible when first used, allowing the furniture maker to create a tight weave that will hold the weight of people sitting on the furniture. Wicker furniture is a comfortable, eye-pleasing addition to your patio or indoor living space. When properly cared for, wicker furniture lasts for a long time. Stains on wicker furniture should be removed carefully, but thoroughly. It's important to remove the surface stain and any stain matter that has worked its way down into the wicker weave.

Wipe your wicker furniture down with a clean, dry cloth to remove any wet or dry stain substances. Use a stiff-bristled scrub brush to remove stains from in between the woven wicker.

Vacuum the surface of your wicker furniture using a brush attachment. Your vacuum will extract dust and stains loosened by the cleaning cloth and scrub brush. Vacuum the underside of wicker furniture as well, since stains can easily saturate through the open weave from the top to the bottom.

Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from the skin-drying effects of ammonia.

Mix 2 tablespoon of ammonia with 1 gallon of warm water in a bucket, and then saturate a clean cloth with the ammonia solution. Use the ammonia solution and cloth to remove any remaining staining substances, stain odours and stain pigment left by the original stains. Gently scrub the wicker to remove the stains without damaging or breaking the wicker material.

Empty your bucket of the ammonia cleaning solution and rinse the bucket with plain water. Fill your bucket with cool water and use the water to rinse your wicker furniture. Rinse the furniture repeatedly to wash away any remaining stain residue and the ammonia cleaning solution.

Dry your wicker furniture outdoors, out of direct sunlight. Allow the furniture to dry completely to avoid the formation of mildew.


Dust or vacuum wicker furniture each week so dirt and dust can't accumulate. Wipe up stains on wicker while they're fresh so the stains don't have time to soak into the wicker.


Be careful where you place wicker furniture outdoors. It can become dry when exposed to the elements, particularly the sun.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloths
  • Scrub brush
  • Vacuum
  • Bucket
  • 2 tablespoons ammonia
  • Rubber gloves
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.