Rattan Garden Furniture Care Guide
Rattan garden furniture is an endlessly stylish and versatile choice, so once you've selected the right loungers, garden sofa or daybed for you, you'll want to know how to take care of them. You'll be glad to know that rattan furniture is generally very easy to clean, you need simply follow this garden furniture care guide for all the tips on caring for your new goods.
First of all, determine whether your furniture is made from natural or synthetic rattan; natural rattan garden furniture must be stored indoors during the winter months as the harsher elements at this time of year may affect the texture, colour and finish of the wood. Synthetic rattan, which is made from a polyethylene weave, is more weather resistant and can be left outside all year.
Whilst the level of cleaning that rattan requires is fairly basic, it is recommended that you carry out this simple maintenance routine regularly in order to keep your goods looking their best and to extend their lifespan. Begin by giving the rattan a good brush with a stiff, dry scrubbing brush about once a week. This is to dislodge any dust and dirt that may have worked its way into the weave. If debris is left to build up, then you may get an attack of mildew, bacteria, or even an insect infestation. Ensure this doesn't happen by first loosening the dirt with the scrubbing brush and then vacuuming the furniture to make sure you've caught it all.
To follow this up, clean with water, a cloth and a toothbrush once a month. Simply wet the cloth with warm water and wipe the rattan furniture all over. Then wet the toothbrush and work it in between the rattan's weave to get into all the nooks and crannies that may be harbouring bacteria. Once you've done this, rinse all over with a bucket of clean, cold water or by using a hosepipe. Remember to remove any cushions before you complete this cleaning routine.
In terms of maintenance, it's a great idea to fix rubber feet to the base of rattan chair legs. This is because the base of the legs must withstand a fair amount of friction from being scraped to and fro by users, especially on rough outdoor surfaces like patios or decking. This repeated action can lead to cracks in the base of your rattan furniture's legs and these cracks, if not addressed, can turn into larger splits that will run up the chair's legs and compromise its structural integrity. Placing rubber feet at the base of each leg will prevent any such difficulties from arising.
Finally, we recommend that you avoid using any soap or abrasive, chemical cleaners on rattan, as it is not necessary and may lead to microscopic cracks within the polyethylene material, which then become a haven for dirt. Harsh detergents may also discolour your furniture, causing it to turn white.