Rattan, which is made from plant fibers, is both durable and flexible, making it well-suited for use as furniture. Even with these desirable qualities, rattan Outdoor Lounge Set requires special care to ensure its longevity. It's the Goldilocks of furniture material, never happy unless it receives its preferred treatment: moderate conditions that are neither too humid nor too dry to avoid mold, mildew or brittleness. Keeping the furniture clean and storing it in a suitable environment ensure that it will last for years to come.
Clean the furniture regularly
Outdoor furniture is exposed to dirt, dust, and the wind, all of which can cause grime buildup that slowly degrades the integrity of the materials. To prevent this from happening, clean your furniture regularly.
Some materials, like plastic, can just be wiped down and hosed off, while higher-quality materials, such as rattan and rattan, will need to be scrubbed carefully with a fine-bristle brush to remove buildup.
While outdoor furniture maintenance may seem like a pain, it’s the best way to keep your furniture investments clean and beautiful for years to come.
Natural rattan or cane furniture is essentially dried, dead plant matter, which means it is subject to becoming even more dried out and brittle in certain conditions. If used on a patio or porch during warm weather, keep it out of direct sunlight to avoid fading or brittleness. In the same manner, keep it away from heat ducts or an indoor fireplace. If the air inside is dry, a humidifier helps moisten the air enough to keep the furniture from drying out.
With this in mind, reserve spraying your outdoor furniture down for sunny, warm days, when you can place the items out to dry immediately afterward.
If you live in a wet or humid climate, mold might begin to form on your outdoor furniture. If it does, treat it immediately to prevent severe damage. For best results, mix bleach with soapy water and use a scrub brush to clean the affected area. Once you’ve done this, dry the furniture entirely in natural sunlight.
Avoid direct sunlight
Just like prolonged moisture can have a devastating effect on Rattan Corner Sofa , so, too, can direct sunlight. Extended exposure to UV rays breaks down rattan furniture over time and can damage the natural fibers the furniture is constructed from. To avoid this, keep your furniture in a shaded or protected area, where it’s not at risk of being bleached or damaged by the sun.
Oil or finish your furniture regularly
Natural materials like wood and rattan need to be oiled regularly to stay in top shape. Without regular oiling, these materials can become excessively dry, leading to splitting and fading. For best results, wipe your furniture with boiled linseed oil several times each year, especially if your outdoor furniture sees a large amount of sunlight or lives in an overly dry environment.
Keeping It Just Right
Basic maintenance such as dusting or a gentle cleaning keeps that rattan in peak condition. Dust it gently with a a feather duster when you notice dust, or vacuum it with an upholstery brush attachment for the main surfaces and a crevice tool for deep, hard-to-reach areas. A slightly damp, soft cloth wiped over the rattan gives it a general cleaning, while a bit of oil soap mixed into water, rubbed onto the furniture with a toothbrush, helps clean those stubborn spots. When you use moisture to clean rattan, dry out the piece in a well-ventilated area so it does not stay wet long.
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