When you chose to buy a set of rattan outdoor furniture you are undoubtedly making an investment because the pieces will last a long time. While rattan furniture is slightly more expensive than other furniture sets they are worth their price and you can expect an extended lifespan from your newly acquired furniture.
With this being said, you still need to keep in mind that the rattan furniture you have bought will need proper maintenance from your side. Not caring for the furniture will result in damage and the pieces may not last as long as you had hoped. Proper maintenance of your rattan furniture will ensure that you have many years of comfort ahead of you.
Here are several key tips to extend the lifespan of your rattan furniture:
Keep natural rattan safe from the elements
Natural rattan will dry out quickly if left exposed to harsh natural elements such as direct sunlight. Natural rattan is also susceptible to rot if it is wet for too long. To keep your rattan set looking as good as new for the longest time, make sure that you keep your set safe from the elements. Cover outdoor furniture when it is not in use or only use natural rattan indoors.
Rejuvenation is key
Many people will tell you that even the best cared for rattan furniture pieces will show age after years of wear. This can easily be remedied by applying a fresh coat of stain or paint to breathe new life into your old furniture.
Repair broken pieces
Even the sturdiest pieces of furniture will eventually begin to break. Once a break occurs it is important to deal with it as soon as possible. Leaving a break in the furniture will lead to further damage. If you are handy around the house you can easily repair the furniture yourself, alternatively, you can find a local person to repair it for you at a small cost.
Clean your furniture regularly
Keep your furniture free from dust and dirt by regularly dusting pieces with a soft cloth. Gently wash your furniture with diluted detergent and water and finish the process by applying a thin layer of polish to the rattan. Never make use of paint thinners or abrasive cleaning products.
Dry rattan properly
Wet rattan furniture will easily rot. Make sure that you properly dry all pieces after you have completed your regular clean. If making use of a dry cloth does not do the trick, simply place your furniture pieces in the sun for a short time until they are dry.
Should your rattan furniture show signs of mold or mildew growth, this needs to be attended to immediately. Mold can quickly damage your expensive natural rattan. It is important to remember that again no harsh chemicals should be used.
Lift rattan when moving
Lift and carry your rattan furniture when you want to move it around. Dragging or sliding the furniture around will result in damage to the fibers of the rattan and this will, in turn, shorten the lifespan. Additionally, rubber stoppers can be attached to the bottom of the furniture to ensure damage is minimized.