When it comes to furnishing your conservatory, no matter whether your conservatory is traditional or contemporary, orangery or lean-to, or even has an Equinox Tiled Roof System, one style of furniture just seems to compliment any style of conservatory, and that’s rattan.
Today’s rattan furniture is stylish, lightweight and durable. As well as the traditional designs we are all familiar with, rattan furniture has evolved and now reflects modern contemporary furniture styling. Rattan is also eco-friendly – making it the perfect choice for your ‘green’ conservatory as rattan is a fast-growing and abundant plant.
If you’ve invested in rattan furniture for your conservatory or even an outdoor setting, then you need to take care of it just as you would any other item of furniture for your home. Lucky for you, all you need to keep your rattan looking good as new are a few simple household items and some spare time.
For regular cleaning you’ll need the following:
Washing up liquid
A soft toothbrush
Fill the bowl with water and add some washing up liquid. Agitate the water until suds form on the surface. Once they have dip the soft cloth into the suds only – not the water. Wipe the rattan with the suds mixture. The slight moisture from the detergent cleans the rattan without making it wet which can damage it.
If your rattan has awkward corners or crevices, use the toothbrush again dipped in the suds. Allow this to dry. If your rattan looks dry and is starting to crack, clean it exactly the same way and then apply boiled (not raw) linseed oil with a soft brush. Allow this to be absorbed into the rattan then apply another coat of oil if necessary. When the rattan won’t absorb any more oil, wipe off the excess with a cloth and allow the oil to dry before using it again. To keep your rattan looking like new you might want to apply the oil once a year whether it looks like it needs it or not and you will continue to enjoy it for years to come.
If you are thinking of painting your rattan furniture however, ensure that any surface oil is removed first as this will prevent the paint from adhering to the surface of the rattan. Instead prepare it by using the suds liquid and scrubbing with a soft brush to remove any oily residue.
Stained rattan or does it need a more thorough cleaning? Use slightly more water with your suds than you would normally and either dry your rattan indoors or out in the sun if the weather allows. You can then finish with the boiled linseed oil which dries to a hard finish and restores the natural colour and sheen of rattan or even add a layer of lacquer if you prefer.
Although rattan can be used outdoors, the weather will cause the natural fibres in the rattan to break down more quickly than if you keep it indoors in your conservatory. But as your conservatory is where the indoors meets the outside, if your rattan furniture is there, you get all the benefits of enjoying the garden while keeping your furniture protected.
Right now Elglaze’s anniversary sale gives you 34% off a new conservatory – so why not spend the money you save on some gorgeous rattan? With our tips you’ll be enjoying it in your new conservatory for years to come. #lovethehomeyoulivein #dontmoveimprovewithelglaze