Rattan Furniture Care and Maintenance
It is so easy to keep your rattan garden furniture looking as stunning as the day you bought it! Simply follow our straightforward tips to preserve the natural beauty and durability of your rattan furniture piece for years to come.
1. To protect your rattan furniture and prevent major damage, give the surface a quick clean regularly. Mix a little dish washing detergent with warm water, and gently wipe the surface of the set without getting the weave soaking wet. You could also use a small scrubbing brush or toothbrush to get between the rattan weave.
2. Rattan garden furniture does keep well outside, but it could fade over time in direct sunlight. As a solution why not store your furniture indoors, to help it last for longer? Rattan garden furniture makes stunning conservatory furniture, and you can simply move it into your garden when the warm weather arrives. By placing your set indoors, you can enjoy it all year long, even through the winter months. Another solution is to buy a waterproof cover for your furniture set.
3. Make sure that you treat stains or marks immediately. As soon as you notice them, use a detergent and a cloth to remove any stains. For more serious damage, boiled linseed oil can help to put moisture back into the rattan material, to help fix cracked or split weave. For any other damage, ask a rattan expert for help with your problem.
4. A thorough clean once a year will take care of any dirt build up and help to keep your furniture set in great condition. As with your regular clean, meticulously wipe down your rattan furniture with detergent but use slightly more water than you use for the weekly clean. You could also use a small scrubbing brush or toothbrush to get between the rattan weave. Wipe down with a dry cloth as quickly as possible, or place your furniture in the sun for half an hour until it is dry.
5. Place rubber stoppers underneath the legs of the furniture. This helps to protect both your rattan set and the surface you have placed it on.
6. Mildew is actually a plant that grows best in hot, humid summer weather; it's a form of mould. It flourishes in damp, warm environments that are poorly lighted or where air does not circulate well. Along with discolouring fabrics, mildew gives off a musty odour, and if it isn't treated it can discolour fabric. To help prevent this kind of damage, monthly cleaning and maintenance is recommended.
Wicker presents a little more of a challenge because mildew can grow within the weave. The way to clean mildew from wicker outdoor furniture is with a hose or pressure washer set on a low setting. Before you use the hose or pressure washer, wipe down the furniture with a sponge soaked in a solution of mild soap and cold water. To avoid reoccurrence of the problem apply paste wax after the furniture is dry.
Outdoor rattan is resistant to water and moisture and will not get mouldy or rotten if left outdoors in the rain. This, however, is characteristic for most man-made materials. But it is also true that not all plastic materials remain unaffected by exposure to water and high levels of moisture. They may not be vulnerable to rot, mould and mildew but plastic gets relatively easily stained, especially by a combination of water and dirt. If it does get stained, it is very difficult to remove stains from a plastic material. Stains on a lightly coloured furniture can be made less visible by leaving the furniture exposed to the sun for a few hours, however, exposure to direct sunlight can cause even more unappealing discolouration.
Care information for Hardwood Elements in the Rattan Furniture
If your furniture has hardwood elements, it is important to follow the care information below.
To keep your acacia wood elements beautiful for the duration, take time out to provide the pieces with the little bit of maintenance that they require.
All hardwoods lose their minerals/salts over time. As these evaporate, cracks will appear on the end grain (tops of chairs/end of tables/end of arms). This is normal. Sometimes the crack will open quite wide, especially in hot weather. They will close when it rains or is cooler. This cracking will not affect the stability of the furniture and in most cases occurs within the first few months and gets no worse. Treatment can help reduce cracking as the oils in furniture treatments replace some of those lost through evaporation. Best practice for this is the following:
Step 1 - Hose down acacia furniture that is located near a pool or hot tub once weekly. Accumulated chlorine from treated pool water eats away at the furniture's weather-resistant finish over time.
Step 2 - Clean your furniture twice annually. Use a soap solution (1 tbsp. of liquid dish-washing detergent diluted in 1 quart of water is fine) and a scrub brush. Rinse twice and towel dry when you are done.
Step 3 – Apply a timber sealant or stain yearly to protect the furniture. A timber sealer or stain is a protective microporous coating designed to let the wood breathe while protecting against weathering and reducing dirt and moisture absorption. It is designed for Teak and other Hardwoods such as acacia. This will prevent splitting, cracking and bowing.
Step 4 - Wipe the furniture dry after rain, and wipe up any liquid that is spilled onto the furniture.
Step 5 - Place waterproof covers over your acacia furniture when it is not in use. Acacia wood is quite sensitive to moisture, even humidity in the air. When the furniture is moist, the wood cells expand and can cause the furniture to buckle and swell.
The colour will weather naturally and form an aged patina, however you can use a similar stain to revive the colour or maintain this.