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How to Care For Rattan Furniture

How to Care For Rattan Furniture

How to Clean and Care for Rattan Furniture

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When you spend money on new outdoor rattan garden furniture, it makes sense to clean and care for the furniture so it remains in good condition for as long as possible. If you have never owned rattan furniture before, or are looking for maintenance tips for the first time, our guide will tell you everything you need to know on how to clean and care for rattan furniture.

How To Clean Outdoor Rattan Garden Furniture

One of the main benefits of buying rattan furniture is how cost effective it is. Not just in terms of the price you pay, but also in regards to the longevity of the material when cared for correctly. To clean your outdoor rattan garden furniture you simply need to follow these steps:

  • Use a hand brush to gently brush down the material to remove any surface dirt and grime. You can also use a vacuum if easier.
  • Fill a bowl with warm water, mixing in washing up liquid to use as a light cleaning agent. Do not use harsh detergents as this can have a negative effect on the rattan.
  • Use a soft cloth to dip into the bubbles (not the water) and use this to wipe down the various parts of the furniture.
  • You can use a toothbrush or another soft brush to get into the crevices and hard to reach areas.
  • Rinse out the cloth and replace the warm water with cold water. Wring out the cloth and wipe down the furniture to remove any soaps suds and leave it to naturally dry outside.

To get the very best results we recommend this is done on a weekly basis, if you are regularly using the furniture. If not, then once a month should suffice.

Taking Care Of Your Rattan Garden Furniture

Cleaning your outdoor rattan garden furniture is one thing, but taking care of the various elements – such as cushions and covers – as well providing adequate protection - will extend its lifespan. Here’s what to look out for.

Invest In a Cover

While rattan is a natural material that is at home outside of your property, it is still better to give it protection during periods when it is not in use for extended periods. Investing in an outdoor rain cover will keep the rattan furniture dry during the colder months of the year, and protect it from moisture in the air, which will also allowing it to breathe and maintain its condition.

Bring Removable Cushions Inside

While rattan can withstand the various weather elements throughout the year, the same doesn’t apply to cushions used for outdoor rattan garden furniture. They can withstand the odd shower of rain, but not an ongoing torrent, which means cushions on rattan garden loungers and rattan garden chairs should be brought inside when they are not in use. A rain cover will help, but it can’t stop the airborne moisture from getting into the cushion material.

Keep the Material Clean

Accidents will happen, which means there will be the occasional spill. As you would inside your home, act quickly to clear up any spillages or marks that are noticeable. A damp cloth should be enough and you can leave the material to air out naturally.

Protect It From the Sun

Your rattan garden loungers will mostly be left outside for you to relax on to catch some sun. Rattan is a natural material that can suffer from over exposure to harsh UV rays. Try to give it shade at times so the rattan can retract and breathe, which will give your outdoor rattan garden furniture more longevity.

Take Care Of the Seat Cushions

Once your rattan garden chairs have been delivered and assembled it is easy just to keep them in the same position from that point onwards. However, some seats will get more use than others, which will lead to the cushions losing shape. If you can remove the cushions, swap them around so they each get equal use. The same goes for exposure to the sun – move round the chairs so one piece does not receive more weather exposure than any other.

How To Treat Your Outdoor Rattan Garden Furniture

Your rattan furniture needs a little TLC from time-to-time and there are three easy ways you can help its lifespan in your garden.

Staining the Material

If the finish on your rattan furniture looks faded or dull, you can stain it to restore the shine and colour. Depending on how much you need to do it can take a few days, but the end result is worth it. Follow the instructions laid out by the staining product and apply it directly to the rattan, before letting it rest and wiping off any remnants to reveal a reinvigorated material underneath.  

Polish Up the Surface

After staining your outdoor rattan garden furniture, it pays to add an extra sheen to the finish. By using liquid wax you can give the material the perfect polish to bring back the vibrancy and energy of your furniture. It only has to be done once a year as it will last for months to come.

Weatherproof Your Furniture

Rattan comes from hot tropical rain forests and when alive as a vine can adapt to sudden changes to the weather. When made into furniture it retains much of its weatherproof qualities but needs a little helping hand along the way. Applying a hardwood garden furniture treatment once a year will help protect against harsher rain elements so it can brush off the sun, rain, wind and snow thrown at it by the British weather.

How To Restore and Repair Rattan Garden Furniture

Wear and tear will happen over time, but with some care and attention you can repair and restore the rattan back to a good condition. Here are three big tips that will help you along the way.

Repairing Cracks and Splits

Overexposure to the natural elements can lead to the rattan cracking or splitting as the years pass by. But worry not, as using boiled linseed oil every year on the affected areas can go a long way to fixing the issue. It works in a similar way to the staining method, so all you have to do is apply the oil and wipe away any remnants that are left over.

Painting Your Rattan

If you choose not to stain your rattan, another great alternative is to paint it instead. It’s up to you whether you spray paint it or follow the traditional route. It works in the same way as any other surface you are painting, requiring a primer coat followed by layers of your favourite colour. As with staining, it really brings the rattan back to life and gives it a whole new dimension.

Refinish the Furniture

Refinishing the rattan works in the same way as refinishing any other type of material. The goal is to give it a new lease of life after it has been in use for a number of years. Avoid using a sander and opt for a liquid sander instead and then start to apply your colour of choice. If it’s the same colour as before, it should be easy to re-establish its vibrancy, if it’s a new colour, you may need to add a few more coats to get the finish you are after.

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Difference Between Rattan and Wicker Furniture

Difference Between Rattan and Wicker Furniture


Upon first sight, it may seem like wicker and rattan furniture are the same, that one may be an alternative name used to sell a replica product. However, that is not the case. In fact, it is a very common mistake to confuse the two. In order to understand the difference between wicker and rattan the materials have to be examined a little more closely. So what is the difference between rattan and wicker? Read on to find out more.

What is rattan?

In total there are almost 600 species of rattan available in the world. Mostly found in the hot, tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australia, rattan is vine-like in appearance, with a diameter ranging between 1-3 inches. Once the skin has been removed, it reveals a robust, yet flexible material, that can then be weaved into the desired shape. Rattan is perfect to use in the manufacturing of home furniture due to its pleasing, natural looks and tough, durable nature.

What is wicker?

Wicker is a weaving technique that has been used to make furniture for thousands of years. It has even been discovered by historians in ancient Egyptian tombs where ancient civilisations would use it to create baskets, boxes and more. However, it is important to note that wicker is not an individual material. In fact, wicker furniture is made from other plant origins such as rattan, bamboo, cane, reed and willow. Today synthetic fibres are sometimes also used to lower manufacturing costs.

What is the difference between wicker and rattan?

Rattan is one of many materials from which wicker furniture is made from. That means both rattan furniture and wicker furniture are often derived from the same source.

Where rattan is a natural plant and retains its original name during manufacture, wicker is actually a generic name given to all of the materials that have been combined to make the product.

Put simply, this means rattan furniture is made purely from materials sourced from a rattan plant, while wicker furniture is made from a variety of different materials.

Is rattan furniture better than wicker furniture?

There is no straightforward answer to this question. This is due to rattan often being used to make wicker furniture. By saying rattan furniture is better, in a sense you are also saying that wicker is too, as it relies heavily on rattan.

The answer perhaps lies in the fact that rattan is a core ingredient in both types of furniture. This is because rattan has a number of fantastic benefits that make it perfect for use in the making of home and garden furniture.

Rattan garden furniture has a natural aesthetic appeal and can be shaped into various shapes and sizes. As a natural material, rattan is also resistant to outdoor elements, which is ideal for withstanding the unpredictable British weather. It is also extremely comfortable, cost-effective, easy to maintain and eco-friendly.

So if you are considering whether to purchase rattan or wicker garden furniture, choosing the natural based material makes far more sense.

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Give your guests something to remember about their stay

Give your guests something to remember about their stay

Get Cosy & Warm

Summers come and gone in a blink of an eye, but that’s not the end of the fun. Let the festivities start as Christmas is approaching. According to Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown “Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement.” Therefore, people that display their decorations early are happier.

Christmas is a time of year when friends and family get together, Furniture Maxi’s here to ensure you’re well prepared for guesting visiting over the festive season. Shop Furniture Maxi for amazing deals you won’t want to miss!

We understand how stressful it could get with many other things on your to do list, that’s why we want to make this festive time of year easy for you. New to our collection is our Roomee mattress and beds.

This Roomee mattress will make sure you sleep easy with its many layers of support. The standard Roomee mattress is made of one layer of supportive base foam whereas there would be five that includes the top layer, memory foam, supportive base foam, high quality sleeve and the base layer. The beauty of a memory foam bed is that it’ll form to your body, an additional feature of the memory foam is that it provides pressure point relief by evenly distributing your weight to keep your spine aligned and supported. Designed with a breathable material so that your surface is at a comfortable temperature. Sleep with ease with Roomee.

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Make a statement

Stun your guests with this Armoir Jewelry Cabinet. It provides storage solutions for all your delicate jewelry so that there's no unwanted untangling when in a hurry. This Jewrlry Cabinet is equipped with a mirrored door and various compartments to hang and place your accessories. With this light weight Jewelry Cabinet you will be able to move and transport with ease. Available in five different sizes.

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Introducing the Glamour range

Introducing the Glamour range

Contemporary, Chick and Classic

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Picking the right furniure lets you express your style. Our Glamorous range at Furniture Maxi offers a classic and light design, allowing the room to brighten up with a touch of natural lights bouncing off the mirrored glass. Bring elegance and style into your home for affordable prices with Furniture Maxi.

Our product of the week must be the Glamorous Mirrored Dressing Table. It's fragile yet bold carvings showcase elegance.

The Glamorous range includes furniture throughout the home from bedroom to living room. Ensuring that your home suites its purpose such as offers ample storage solutions.
When hand picking furniture, our team at Furniture Maxi put your needs first. This Glamorous Mirrored Dressing Table has been constructed from a MDF frame this stunning range features a mirrored finish with bevelled edges and elegant mock crystal handles. With three separate drawers and surface you'll have plenty of space to store your precious make-up, perfume or jewellery.
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The beautiful and glamorous Mirrored Furniture Range will be a stylish addition to any home.
The mirrored glass panels are finished with beautifully rounded bevelled edges giving them a luxurious effect and smooth feel when touched.
These items do not require any assembly and is delivered ready to use, it just requires the handles to be put on the drawer fronts which is very simple to do.
From our wide range of home furnishings, you'll be sure to find something that will be a match for your home.

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Fun Fact!

The history of mirrors started with ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks as they were quite fond of mirrors and often manufactured mirrors from polished copper and bronze. Glass mirrors were first produced during the third century A.D. They were quite common in Egypt, Gaul, Germany and Asia.

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Find your solution on how to entertain your guests this Easter with Furniture Maxi

Find your solution on how to entertain your guests this Easter with Furniture Maxi

Dining with friends and family is a time to cherish, why not take it outdoors to admire the nature while we can? Easter is a time to spend with loved ones and we have a solution to ensure your garden looks spectacular. For those that enjoy the outdoors, our rattan sets are ideal for all year round, shower proof and 1000 hours of sunlight guaranteed.

Shop our cube dining sets

If you’re looking for garden furniture that will sit beautifully in your garden, we’ve got you sorted! Our cube sets are ideal and practical as they sit up to ten people. Shop our Yakoe Monaco 9 Seater here for plenty of seating yet save space when not in use. Simply tuck in the stools under the table. All seat and back cushions are included except scatter cushions.

Shop our cube sets in three colour variations, black, brown and grey. With these simple natural colour scheme, you’ll be able to coordinate the set with your other garden furniture.

Traditional dining

Why not go back to the basics to where everything was natural and simplistic? Browse our stunning yet traditional sets. Each and every one of our rattan garden sets has been hand-made for highest possible standard, which combines thick flat weave to ensure durability. Sit back and relax in comfort with our luxurious rattan garden sets as each seat and back cushion has thick padding.

Go all out and buy the combo

Don’t leave your guests hanging, our sofa combos would be most ideal as there’s a variety of seating so that there’ll be room for everyone. From recliners, sofas to loungers we’ve got something you and your guests will love.

Limited Space?

Smaller garden? Our stunning outdoor rattan sets such as the Eton range which will fit perfectly within your garden. With our selection of cube sets you can simply tuck in the stools under the table enabling plenty of space when it’s not in use.

Visit our Showroom

Interested in seeing our garden furniture upfront? We’re open 6 days a week, why not visit our Birmingham showroom where we have a handful of our rattan garden collection on show? Click here for our location. Hope to see you soon!

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What have you got planned for #Nationalgardeningweek?

What have you got planned for #Nationalgardeningweek?

What great weather we’ve got this week which also happens to be National gardening week. With a little spring cleaning outdoors take advantage while the suns shining and spend your time with friends and family outdoors. Whether your cutting the grass, pulling out weeds or planting beautiful flowers into your garden you’ll always need to sit back and relax after all the hard work.

Spend your hard earned work in style

Considering partitioning in your garden? Why not have a look at our Willow Screen Fencing. They’re ideal to divide sections of your garden if you’ve got flowers, pets or if you wish to have a little privacy.

It’s BBQ weather, don’t you think? We’ve got top of the range BBQ grills that will get your friends and family wanting more. Imagine yourself stood in your beautifully freshly trim garden, sun blazing down, spatula in one hand, your favourite beverage in the other and the smell of food grilling. Tempted?

You can’t invite friends and family without having any seating! If you haven’t already browse through our spectacular outdoor seating range. From sofa sets, dining sets and outdoor beds you’ll have plenty to choose from.

Contact us…

Let us know on social media what you’ve got planned for #Nationalgardeningweek, if you’re spending it lounging on one of your spectacular rattan sofa sets why not send us a photo? Why not visit our showroom where you can view a selected amount of rattan furniture? Visit our ‘Contact us’ page on our website for our address and number. Feel free to call one of our advisers for more information. Look out for our weekly blogs which will be filled with great top tips and ideas. Also for daily live updates why not follow/ like us on our social media sites. We’d love to read and reply to your comments via social media. Otherwise if you’d like to speak to an adviser please call 0333 241 3060 or email on

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