During the winter, we usually have to handle harsh, wet and windy weather. Thankfully, during that time we were able to escape indoors, but during that time, our outdoor furniture still had to deal with the rough terrain. Even if your furniture is weather resistant, your garden furniture is bound to suffer out in the poor conditions. As we start to approach the warmer months of the year it is now approaching the time of the year where you will want to start taking a look at the state of your furniture. Outdoor furniture can be tricky to clean and if you have a range which is not the highest of quality, it probably will have experienced some damage during the colder seasons. As you start to spend some more time in your garden, you’ll need to know what steps to take in order to restore some life back into your furniture set so you don’t have to get yourself a new one! With that in mind, take a look below so you know the steps to take when wanting to restore you rattan garden furniture.
The First Step–Assess The Situation
To start off, you will want to take a good look at your furniture set – so remove your cover and let it breathe. The next step to take is clearing your furniture of any cushions throws so that you can assess each area of the furniture. You then need to assess the furniture to see if the extent of the damage, and decide if it can be simply cleaned, covered with a coat of paint or whether you may have to cut your losses and get a new set. You will be able to this by seeing if there are any parts where the weave has become loose or cracked.
The Second Step – The Cleaning
For cleaning your conservatory furniture, make sure you used a brush which is stiff and bristled to scrub away the dirt, grime or mould that has set in. This can even be done with a toothbrush, but a great item to use is the vacuum brush attachment if you want a more thorough clean. Once you have brushed away the large pieces of dirt, the next step will be to make up a solution of warm water. You will want to add some washing soap to the water and use a soft sponge to clean the area with and then dry the furniture down using a rag and fresh, clean water. It is very important that you do not use a powerful hose or too much water, as soaking the furniture will cause damage to the wood.
The Third Step – Attending to Those Loose Pieces
The next step is to check for any strands that have come away around the legs or rear of your rattan set. It can be a good idea to use super glue to get the pieces back in shape, but ensure you don’t use too much glue as you could damage the appearance of wicker or create any places where the range will need re-sanding because there are glue bubbles.
The Fourth Step – Replace and Weave the Loose Strands
After the winter months, you may find it hard to mend any loose pieces. If you find yourself in this position, you may have to cut the piece loose and replace the new strand. The best way to overcome this is to buy some wicker strips which can be stuck onto the outdoor furniture set. When doing this, you should soak the wicker strips in water for 1 or 2 hours so that you can bend them and manipulate them more easily. When leaving the strips to soak, you should measure the areas and ensure that the external pieces bought will fit into the gaps. Then the last step to take is to weave the pieces into the outdoor furniture set.
The Final Step – The Finish
The fifth and final step is to paint your rattan or cane furniture. Spray paint typically works best for this as it gets into all of those little-hidden bits that the eye would naturally miss. You can finish off the job by touching your range up with a lacquer for that finished look or you could alternatively spray primer to the piece before letting it dry for a day, then repaint it with a fresh white paint. Last, of all, complete the look with a coat or two of varnish in order to restore a natural and authentic look to your outdoor furniture.