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How Do You Get Scratches out of Rattan Garden Furniture?

December 30, 2021 4 min read

Investing in a piece of furniture is a big choice. Unlike electronics which are updated quickly, you may change your electronic equipment in order to “keep up with the times”, but you won't change your furniture frequently for the trend. On the contrary, we try to maintain our furniture for as long as possible through furniture maintenance and regular cleaning. Generally speaking, different types of furniture are vulnerable to different types of damage. Upholstered furniture may change color due to ultraviolet rays, odor, stains and structural problems. Wooden furniture may be moldy due to humid weather. But usually the easiest and unavoidable damage to all furniture is scratches. Deep or shallow scratches often make us have a headache. As an elegant and lightweight piece of furniture, rattan garden furniture is deeply loved by the public. It is made of rattan, durable and easy to maintain. However, some accidental bumps are still unavoidable, such as the falling and scratching of sharp objects, which will cause scratches.

Furthermore, this is especially true if you live in a home with pets or small children. Over time it becomes almost impossible to prevent furniture woven with rattan from being scratched. Children are known to be naturally active and may inadvertently scratch your furniture, while puppies, kittens and other pets use furniture as scratching toys, they can all make a mess of your furniture. And signs of breakage can not only affect the overall aesthetic appeal of your furniture, but can also pose a potential risk to the long-term use of your furniture. But when our rattan garden corner sofa is damaged, how do we repair it. Below, we will introduce you to two ways of dealing with deep and shallow scratches, using these tips will effectively help you to remove unsightly scratches from that garden furniture. So you don't have to put up with scratches on your furniture and make it look brand new again.

Rattan Style Garden Furniture

Method 1: Hairdryer and soft cloth method
This method is best suited to minor scratches and scuffs. Very light scratches are scratches that you can see with your eyes, but you can't feel them when you run your fingers over them. These only need a little touch-up, which is easy to do. You will need a hairdryer and a soft cloth in advance. The method itself is very simple. This is because the synthetic rattan material will begin to soften when exposed to high temperatures. So you can use the hairdryer to heat up the scratched areas of the rattan, slowly, thus creating a gentle heat. Remember to start with a larger area and then heat it up to the scratch itself. Then you can use a dry, soft cloth and rub and wipe off the scratches vigorously. You will then notice that the scratches on the rattan furniture fade and disappear.

Method 2: Epoxy resin and paint method
This method is more suitable for deep scratches or even breaks. Deeper scratches mean that the rattan itself is about to be cut or has broken. For this you will need to have some epoxy resin, a carving tool and some paint that matches the color of the rattan. Firstly make sure that the area around the scratch is as clean as possible, otherwise any debris left in the area will mix with the epoxy compound and prevent a successful repair. Rinse with garden hose to remove any large loose debris, and then scrub the whole piece with a brush and mild detergent. Rinse again and dry after completion. You must allow the area to dry completely before moving on to the next stage. Then take a small amount of epoxy resin to fill the holes or scratches of rattan style garden furniture, and using a carving tool to smooth and guide the epoxy into place. Once this is done allow it to dry for 24 hours in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside. After the resin is completely dried, you can finally color the rattan with paint or varnish that matches the color of the existing rattan.

The above is about the ways to deal with scratches on synthetic rattan garden furniture. If your furniture is made of natural rattan, you can't take many measures to eradicate these damages at present. But you can prevent scratches in advance by boiling some linseed oil and applying a thin layer to the scratched area. Clean the furniture before applying the linseed oil treatment and leave it to dry before applying the linseed evenly to the entire furniture set. Although it will not remove scratches, it will make your furniture look shiny and new and effectively reduce the appearance of scratches.

To sum up, by using a hair dryer and epoxy resin can help us very well to solve this type of furniture scratches. I am sure that if you encounter this type of situation, you will be able to solve it perfectly without any problem after reading this.

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