Wicker Furniture – Natural vs. Synthetic 

Wicker furniture is a classic style to use when furnishing your outdoor patio or indoor spaces. Beyond furniture style and color choices, there is still another decision to be made – natural or synthetic wicker? There are pros and cons to each option, and  it depends on what you are looking for from your furniture. 
Natural 
Natural wicker is best indoors, as it is protected from the elements. Natural wicker’s lifespan outdoors is only one to two years, while if used indoors only the lifespan is much longer. If left outside natural wicker will dry and become brittle quicker, causing it to crack, unravel or get holes. The elements can take a toll on natural wicker. Fading can occur as well, due to sun exposure. Other elements such as rain or cold weather can effect wicker as it is permeable, making it age faster. It is also more susceptible to damage by insects, rodents or possible mold growth. It help your natural wicker last longer it is recommended to vacuum it regularly. It can also be spot cleaned with a mild dish detergent and warm water solution using a sponge. 
Synthetic (or Resin) 
Synthetic (or Resin) wicker is a much more versatile option than natural wicker. This option can be used indoor or outdoors. With proper care, synthetic wicker can last 10 to 15 years, or even longer. You will be replacing the cushions before you are replacing your furniture set. Synthetic will stand the test of time better as it is very durable, making it perfect for families with young kids or for those who entertain often. Synthetic wicker is easy to wash, and also doesn’t stain. Additionally, synthetic wicker is infused with UV inhibitors which precent fading in sunlight. 
Both options offer the same smooth texture and woven pattern look. For the most versatility, synthetic is the best option. It can be used indoors or outdoors, has a longer lifespan, and is more durable. If you want natural wicker, be sure to use it indoors only for long lasting best results. Augustus & Carolina offers both types of wicker furniture sets, in a variety of styles and colors. 
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