Plastic Rattan Garden Lounge Set – Care & Cleaning Tips

  • Wicker is a production process that produces Plastic Rattan Set and other objects. Traditionally rattan, a vine-like plant that was first found in the tropical climates and jungles of South East Asia, had been used for thousands of years to construct everything from wicker baskets to wicker furniture.


    Yardbird’s patio furniture is handwoven from 100% high-density polyethylene (HDPE) wicker. HDPE possesses antimicrobial properties that inhibit fungus and mildew growth. That being said, even the most durable wicker should be cleaned periodically.

    Remove all cushions.

    Use a garden hose to completely wash down furniture. (If you do not have a garden hose available, wash with buckets of water.)

    Mix together a cleaning solution using a mild soap and lukewarm water.

    Using a soft bristle brush or sponge, gently clean the wicker. Try to get into the cracks between the weaves, as it helps immensely in loosening up dirt and grime.

    Once you are done brushing or sponging the furniture, wash it down again with your garden hose or bucket of water until all soap residue is gone.

    Let your patio set air dry.

    Kick back, relax and enjoy superior outdoor comfort!

    Caring For Your Rattan Garden Furniture

    Once you have thoroughly cleaned your rattan garden furniture, there are many ways to further revive the rattan’s good looks and protect your outdoor furniture against the elements. After all, you don’t want your garden furniture to look old and faded when your friends, family and neighbours pop round for a barbecue this summer.

    The highly appealing low maintenance attributes of synthetic rattan mean that, apart from regular cleaning, you won’t really have to do much more to care for it. So, open up your bottle of beer or soda, and skip straight down to our very last couple of tips below. However, furniture made out of natural rattan requires a little more care and attention from the owner who wants to prolong its working life.

    Cracked, split or dry natural rattan furniture that’s unpainted can be restored by applying boiled linseed oil with a brush. It has to have been boiled because raw, unboiled linseed oil will not dry or harden. Once the furniture can’t absorb any more of the oil that’s being applied, wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Allow the rattan to dry and harden before using the furniture again.

    If your natural rattan furniture is located in the conservatory or elsewhere indoors, you may also need to install a humidifier to add moisture to the air and prevent the natural rattan strands from drying, cracking and splitting.

    You can also try thinly applying a UV coating to help protect natural rattan against sunny weather. A DIY hardware store or large supermarket will have what you need. Some outdoor furniture waxes also come with UV protection. Synthetic rattan is already protected against UV damage and won’t require any additional coatings of lacquer, varnish or wax.

    Scatter cushions, blinds or awnings can help shade the natural rattan material and stop it from cracking or splitting when exposed to direct sunlight for extended lengths of time.

    Thinking of appearing on the Antiques Roadshow with your retro natural rattan furniture? Then don’t ever paint it. Painting any antique piece of wicker furniture will greatly reduce its market value.

    If your rattan garden furniture hasn’t already been sold with them, place rubber stoppers under the legs of your rattan chairs, tables, daybeds or sun loungers. This will prevent the bottom of the legs from scuffing and being marked, especially if your guests are moving the furniture around the hard surface of a patio.

    When not in use, remember to protect your rattan garden furniture with a properly fitting cover that is fully waterproof and can handle the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Alternatively, especially during the coldest winter months, store your garden furniture safely away in a shed or garage that’s dry and warm.

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