The type of maintenance that you bestow upon your prized garden furniture collection constructed of rattan wicker may depend upon which type you buy. Select collections are UV and all-weather shielded while other models are not.
In most cases, maintaining each unit does not require extensive labor. However, it does require that you not be lazy about treating all your garden furniture on a regular basis. You’ll save a large sum of money and as a result you could enjoy your cherished pieces for an entire lifetime.
General Cleaning Tips
If your set contains at least one piece made partly with glass, first wipe piece off with a damp cloth to eliminate excess dirt and buildup. This is especially vital if the piece has not been cleaned in awhile.
If your item has a frame or supporting materials made of wood, remember to wipe down the wood portions as often as possible. For this purpose, you can use a damp cloth dipped in water or dipped in a safe cleaner. Be careful not to use too much water or it could mold or rot your wicker set.
For this purpose you can apply a web sponge to the surface as well, and either plain water or ammonia & water, or vinegar & water mixture mixed in proper proportions. Make sure you dry the glass immediately or it will cloud and streak.
Treated Rattan Care
You can clean this furniture with a garden hose a majority of the time, which some people may not believe. This is especially evident if you own the all weather rattan pieces that are becoming the most preferable choice today.
Or else, to help repair the pliable nature and moisture of each piece of garden furniture you own, place each unit in a bathtub full filled of warm water. This will also help clean it.
However, keep in mind not every collection of rattan wicker is weather proofed. Therefore, be careful to take precautions as you clean it. For instance, do not leave let it sit in the sun for too long, especially if you know for sure it is UV-shielded or waterproofed.
Rattans (or similar wicker materials) that are not treated sometimes dry out very quickly. Therefore, it is very important keep any untreated pieces out of the sun when not in use. Likewise, and keep them away from move them away from other heat sources such as fire.
In addition to keeping it out of the sun, you should dust every piece regularly and vacuum your entire set often. This will further help you remove the dust out of the cracks in the finishes, and seams.
Depending upon the metal, the procedure you use mostly depends upon the type of metal, but it usually is cleaned with either a damp cloth and then immediately wiped down. However, you might do better with a cleaner meant for the type of metal used to make the frame of your garden furniture.
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