Cleaning your rattan garden furniture on a regular basis will extend its lifespan. dust and debris can build up in crevices and between the weaves. These foreign bodies not only look unsightly, but can also lead to insect infestation, mildew, bacteria, and a greatly reduced lifespan. Performing very basic cleaning on a regular basis will loosen any dust, dirt and debris. In the summer, vacuum the furniture thoroughly after brushing. Performing moderate cleaning on a regular basis will extend the life of your garden furniture.
The base of the legs of rattan garden furniture receives a considerable amount of abuse as users scrape their chairs back and forth, particularly on a patio or decked area. This can cause the rattan to split at the base of the legs. These splits invariably travel up the legs, weakening the structure of the furniture. To combat this, install rubber feet or pads on each leg. This will prevent the rattan from scraping and absorb shock from dragging the furniture across hard surfaces.
Please be aware there is both Natural and Synthetic Rattan garden furniture available.
When faced with cracked, dry, natural rattan garden furniture, you need to perform a simple restoration process. Give the pieces a thorough cleaning and allow them to dry completely. Use a paintbrush to apply a coat of boiled linseed oil. You must use boiled linseed oil, as regular linseed oil does not dry and harden. The rattan absorbs the oil, and the natural rattan fibres swell. Continue to apply the oil until the rattan no longer absorbs it. Wipe over the pieces with a soft cloth and let them dry completely before use.
Rattan furniture covers help protect your furniture, helping to significantly extend the life of rattan furniture. Continuous exposure to strong sunlight, rain, moisture, or fluctuating temperatures has a detrimental effect on rattan. Store furniture under rain and UV-proof covers, bring it indoors if possible, or store it in a warm, dry shed or garage when not in use.
A little regular attention will ensure you enjoy your garden furniture for many years.