Rattan rattanis an attractive, lightweight, and durable material for Outdoor Lounge Set . It’s also eco-friendly, as the plants are fast-growing and plentiful. Whether you choose to display your rattan indoors or out, following these steps will keep your rattan clean and in good repair.
HOW TO CLEAN RATTAN GARDEN fURNITURE
Fill a bowl with water. Add a few drops of dish detergent and stir to agitate until bubbles form on the surface.
Dip a soft cloth into the bubbles only, not into the water.
Wipe the rattan with the bubbles. The slight moisture cleans without over-wetting the rattan, which can cause damage.
Use a toothbrush or other soft brush to clean in the cracks and crevices, using the same suds-only cleaning method.
Repeat weekly for best results.
To restore dry, cracked, or split rattan, apply boiled linseed oil with a brush. When the furniture won’t absorb any more oil, wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Allow it to dry or harden before using the rattan again.
Caring for Wicker Furniture
The best way to care for both natural and resin wicker patio furniture is to keep it clean and dry. Vacuum it periodically with a brush attachment to remove dust and pollen, as needed. Keeping wicker clean extends its life because dust and other organic material can easily collect in the crevices of the weave and cause mildew, which leads to a breakdown of fiber and eventual decay (of natural wicker). For the same reason, it's also important to clean up spills and stains as quickly as possible.
Although most wicker patio furniture is designed to stay outdoors year-round, it can become brittle in very cold weather and more elastic when it is very hot. As a result, using the furniture during very cold or hot weather can lead to premature wear. Also, excessively damp weather can lead to mildew, particularly with natural wicker.
All wicker patio furniture will last longer and retain its color best if it is kept under a patio roof or other cover and is not exposed to direct sunlight. Sunlight can damage natural wicker fibers and cause unraveling or cracking, and it is hard on paint. Resin wicker also is damaged by direct sun, despite what manufacturers may claim; sunlight damages all plastic.
If your furniture is not protected by an overhead shelter, you can extend its life by covering it or moving it to a more protected spot during wet weather and when the temperature is very hot or very cold.
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