How to Clean Your Artificial Rattan Garden Furniture

6th February 2018

A Guide to Cleaning Artifical Rattan Furniture

Artificial rattan furniture can be a great choice for your garden or outdoor space. There are many benefits to this synthetic material including its durability and lifespan. However, your artificial rattan still requires proper care and maintenance. Chances are, you'll soon be rummaging through your storage and digging out the garden furniture. After all, it'll be spring before we know it. When rattan is stored away for some time, it can often need a little sprucing up to look good as new again.

In this blog post, we're going to show you the best method to clean your garden furniture. So, keep reading to find out more!

How often you need to clean

As a guideline, you shouldn't need to clean your artificial rattan that often unless you notice a lot of mildew or sap drippings from nearby trees. However, we tend to say that you should clean it before storing it away and upon retrieval from storage during the warmer months. Basically, twice a year will do. Although, it wouldn't harm to give your furniture a good clean halfway through the summer season too, just to keep it fresh.

What you'll need:

  • A stiff brush
  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Washing up liquid
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Soft cloth
  • Garden hose or bucket of cold water

1. Prepare your furniture

Make sure you remove any cushions that come with your furniture. There's a separate blog post on how to clean those - coming soon. You should also move your furniture into an open area of the garden or on the drive, where it doesn't matter if you make a bit of a splash!

2. Get rid of any mud or dust

Use the stiff brush to remove any surface dirt from the furniture. The bristles will penetrate into the texture of the rattan and loosen any mud or grime. However, don't be too aggressive as you could ruin the furniture's finish. Next, use your vacuum cleaner's brush attachment to get rid of the dust that has inevitably built up over the months.

3. Start cleaning!

Now, you can mix a small measurement of the washing up liquid to a bucket of warm water. With this soapy water, you can use the soft cloth to apply the solution all over the surfaces of your furniture. Be sure you don't miss any hidden or awkward spots! Allow the furniture to soak for a few minutes.

4. Rinse away the suds

Next, it's time to rinse off the soapy liquid. Use your garden hose (if you've got access to one) to wash away all of the suds. Make sure you keep your hose at one of the lower, more gentle settings so you don't put too much pressure on the furniture. If you've not got access to a hose, you'll have to pour over buckets of cold water until all the soapiness has been rinsed away.

Avoid using...

Don't use any cleaning products that contain bleach or scouring agents on your rattan furniture as they can lead to cracks developing, which in turn leads to more dirt build up! Also, bear in mind that a pressure washer will be too forceful on rattan and could damage your furniture. Always use a garden hose or bucket of water to rinse.

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