Today, rattan garden furniture is the most preferred choice when it comes to a person picking their patio furniture. Despite how amazing and practical these rattan furniture suites are, if you’ve previously opted for a lower quality one, it may now be showing signs of wear and tear. Outdoor furniture is not always easy to clean and cheaper sets can get damaged due to exposure from sunlight and rain. It is at this point that we’d encourage you to look at a new suite but if you’re currently not in the position to afford a new one, we’ve listed some tips on how you can restore your set below.
Examine and Assess
First of all, you should start by giving your rattan garden furniture a thorough examination. Remove any cushions that you may have and place the suite where there is a good source of light to allow you to check exactly what is worn or damaged. Next, you need to assess the damage and make the decision of whether it could just be cleaned, if it needed a coat of paint or if it needs to be replaced. You’ll need to see if there is any damage in the frame and also check if there are any parts where the wicker weave is damaged or has loosened.
Cleaning The Rattan
The next step it to start cleaning the rattan. For cleaning, use a stiff bristled brush or a toothbrush to scrub away all of the dirt and grime. You could also use the vacuum brush attachment to the clean the furniture.
Once the brushing is out of the way, make a solution of warm water and dish washing soap and using a soft sponge clean the furniture. Wipe the furniture down using a rag and clean water. Do not hose or use excess water soaking the furniture as it might damage the rattan.
Glue Those Loose Pieces
Check for loose strands around the leg and other regions. Use an epoxy glue or super glue to secure it back in place. May sure you don’t use an excess amount as you don’t want to spoil the appearance of the wicker work, therefore you need to ensure you wipe away any spillages or bubbles.
What is rattan and where does it come from?
It is a vine-like liana, a member of the palm family, which can grow to almost 2,000ft in the forests of Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. The history of rattan furniture reaches back 200 years ago, when it was first imported to Britain from the Far East. Rattan furniture was mainly used in conservatories and drawing rooms and became hugely popular in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Synthetic rattan as modern alternative
Although rattan is a tough and versatile material, it won’t last long if subjected to harsh weather. These days, we have the choice of synthetic rattan furniture, which is well equipped for the outdoors and offers a durable alternative to traditional rattan. When furniture manufacturers realised weaving garden furniture in synthetic fibres, had the comfort and look of rattan furniture, they also realised it was durable enough for the outdoors.
Benefits of synthetic rattan garden furniture
- Little maintenance – A great advantage of rattan garden furniture which is constructed from synthetic fibres is that it takes little effort to keep clean and look great all year round. Simply wipe clean or wash down with a hose.
- Complement your garden – Unlike wooden rattan which has a wooden finish in one colour, synthetic rattan comes in a variety of colours to suit your garden. It offers a great solution to match with existing garden furniture.
- Weather-resistant material – Synthetic rattan makes ideal use for garden furniture due to its weather-resistant properties. It is UV protected, which means it won’t fade in the sun and it is durable enough to withstand being outdoors in bad weather.
How Do I Clean My Artificial Rattan Furniture?
Can I Keep My Rattan Garden Set Out All Year?
If the furniture needs to stay outdoors we advise that you purchase a cover for protection.
Can I Jet Wash My Rattan Furniture?
Make sure that the jet wash is on a low setting or use a low pressure attachment. Don’t get to close to the rattan when spraying. If the jet is to strong you could snap the rattan threads.
Cast Iron Furniture:
- Requires yearly scrubbing and painting. Expensive and time consuming
- Will rust, looking unsightly and potentially staining clothes and soft furnishing
- Limited lifespan
Teak Wood Furniture:
- Requires regular treatment and repainting – expensive and time consuming
- Will bow and become deformed throughout the seasons
- Will rot quickly if not fastidiously maintained
- Expensive option to buy against a short lifespan
Plastic garden Furniture:
- Suffers the weather
- Cannot be effectively maintained
Outdoor Rattan garden furniture is not only a stylish and increasingly popular addition to your outdoor space, it is a great investment in an area of your home often unknowingly overlooked by even the most passionate about their outdoor space.