Clean your rattan furniture | Whitakers Garden Centre

Clean your rattan furniture | Whitakers Garden Centre

When it comes to creating a beautiful outdoor living space, rattan patio furniture sets are an ideal option. Not only do they look stylish and inviting, but they’re also built to last. But, if you want to maximize the lifespan of your rattan furniture, it’s important to know how to clean and look after it correctly. That’s why we’ve put together this blog post with some essential care tips to help you keep your rattan furniture looking as good as new. Keep reading to learn more.


The Importance of Cleaning Garden Furniture

Garden furniture can truly transform your outdoor living space. From a patio set to a sun lounger, patio chairs, and rattan garden furniture, investing in good-quality outdoor furniture can elevate your summer experience. However, owning outdoor furniture is also responsible for ensuring that it is well-maintained to maximize its lifespan. This is where regular cleaning comes into play.

Not only does regular cleaning make your furniture look good, but over time, dust, dirt, and other pollutants can accumulate on the furniture’s surface. If not cleaned properly, these pollutants can cause the furniture to deteriorate faster, reducing its lifespan.

an image of cleaning a patio set

How to Clean Garden Furniture

Cleaning outdoor furniture is a straightforward process, follow our step-by-step guide:

  1. Preparing Furniture for Cleaning:

Start by removing all cushions and other removable parts of the furniture. This will make cleaning every nook and cranny of the furniture easier.

  1. Getting Rid of Loose Dirt:

Using a brush or a broom, sweep away all the loose dirt and debris that has accumulated on the furniture’s surface.

  1. Washing with Soapy Water and Rinsing with a Garden Hose:

Next, create a solution of warm water and soap in a bucket. Dip a soft-bristled brush in the soapy water and gently scrub the furniture, paying special attention to any stains or areas that have a lot of grime build-up. Rinse the furniture thoroughly with a garden hose to remove all the soap residue.

  1. Cleaning Plastic, Synthetic Rattan, and Teak Outdoor Furniture:

Different types of outdoor furniture may require slightly different cleaning methods. For example, plastic furniture can be easily cleaned with a mild detergent solution and a cloth, while synthetic rattan furniture should be brushed with soapy water and rinsed with a garden hose. Teak furniture requires a more thorough cleaning process, involving a teak cleaner and a brush to remove dirt and grime build-up.


How to Look After Garden Furniture

Using outdoor storage is the easiest way to look after your garden furniture, but it is important to ensure that your outdoor furniture is completely dry before storing it in a well-ventilated area to prevent mould and mildew growth.

We recommend cleaning your outdoor furniture at least once a month during the summer when it will be used the most.

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  • James Beesley