Rattan Garden Furniture Care Instructions
Though any newly-bought rattan garden furniture usually arrives in pristine condition, you should know that, unless you know and, indeed, regularly enact appropriate methods for maintaining the furniture, it won’t remain in that condition for too long. Below are some of the best tips for helping you to keep your rattan garden furniture in ‘just bought’ condition for a while.
Rattan garden furniture, like most garden furniture, can be effectively cleaned with the use of warm soapy water and a hosepipe/pressure washer. First, make sure that you remove any cushions from the rattan garden furniture before using a brush to remove any dirt, leaves and rubbish that you see on it. Then, using warm soapy water, clean thoroughly to remove any remaining dirt on the furniture. You should then use a hosepipe/pressure washer to wash away the soapy water, before allowing the furniture to dry out.
It is likely that any rattan garden furniture that you wash will permit you to remove the cushions’ covers so that you can wash them. Often, such covers are machine washable and can be placed within a normal 30/40 degree wash cycle; however, you should remember to always beforehand read the labels attached to them, just to make sure!
Most furniture sold today, including that manufactured from plastic, aluminium, steel, wood or resin, usually includes a protective coating that has been applied to the frame to help to maintain its condition for a long time. However, such a coating can weaken over time, which is why you should regularly apply some protective wax or oils or even reapply some protective paint to the frame of rattan garden furniture to help to keep the frame protected for even longer.
Out of Season Care
Once the weather becomes too cold to make sitting outside advisable, you should at least cover the furniture with a weatherproof cover – or, better still and if possible, store the furniture in a dry place. You should also always ensure that any cushions that are not being used on the furniture are stored indoors.
So, basically, as long as you regularly wash your rattan garden furniture in an appropriate manner, maintain some form of protective coating on any frames of the furniture and keep the furniture covered up during the winter, it should remain in good condition for a while.