One of the main reasons rattan garden furniture in the UK has become so popular is due to the minimal amount of maintenance required. There’s no reason why you should have to work too hard to keep your garden furniture in prime condition, and rattan furniture ensures you don’t have to.
• Use rattan covers: Rattan covers protect your garden furniture from the elements, increasing their longevity. Not only do they provide an extra barrier against the wind, rain and snow, they do not cost much to purchase and can be left on your rattan furniture all-year round.
• Use a gentle touch: Avoid applying harsh chemicals to your garden furniture to ensure the material is not damaged during cleaning. In most cases you should only ever need to use warm soapy water and a soft cloth, before leaving the furniture outside to dry naturally outside once you have finished. Wring out the cloth before use, as too much water exposure can lead to rot and mould on the rattan.
• Mildew removal: Mildew can develop in certain environments where there is not enough ventilation. If this occurs it should be removed quickly before it spreads across the rattan garden furniture. For this type of cleaning you can use a mixture of 50/50 water and bleach applied to the rattan with a soft brush. Use a damp cloth to remove residue, before leaving it to dry naturally.
• Crevices and corners: The crevices and corners of your rattan garden furniture are relatively easy to clean with a vacuum and brush attachment. This will help remove dust, dirt and food bits that may have become lodged over time.
• Split rattan repairs: Exposure to high temperatures can sometimes dry out parts of the rattan, leading to the appearance of cracks or warping. By applying tung or boiled linseed oil you can help prevent this occurring, effectively keeping the skin of the rattan moisturised and protected.
• Garden furniture feet: It’s a good idea to add rubber stoppers to the bottom of your rattan garden furniture to avoid developing scuff marks on the floor when moving items from one place to another. Doing this will also protect the bottom of your rattan furniture from experiencing higher levels of wear and tear.