April 25, 2022 3 min read
When the warm season comes, you may be itching to get out into your backyard and enjoy outdoor dining and barbecue parties, but your old rattan garden furniture set may not be ready. Fortunately, most people realize that they may need to polish or oil their furniture to extend the life of their rattan garden table and chairs. Cleaning and polishing rattan with furniture polish and lemon oil can restore those long-neglected outdoor garden chairs for some spring barbecues and keep it looking vibrant for many seasons to come. However, some people may not know much about what oiling rattan effect furniture does and exactly how to do it. You don't have to worry, below we will give you the specifics of how oiling works and how to do it so that you can easily give your rattan effect furniture a fresh new look.
Why do you need to oil it?
Excessive drying is one of the most common causes of deterioration of natural rattan furniture. Too much sunlight or indoor heat can cause rattan to dry out and brittle, which can break and fall apart. Also aged rattan can crack over time, especially if exposed to harsh weather. This can also lead to color loss. Oiling your rattan can be a great way to help it retain moisture in dry and arid climates to prevent it from experiencing cracking from the hot sun that hits it day in and day out. Also using a small amount of olive oil will add a layer of protection to your old rattan style furniture. Cleaning rattan can be tricky when there's dirt between the weaves, and it can be hard to feel like you've cleaned it thoroughly. But oil excels at removing dirt while helping to repair and condition the fibers. When rattan with a clear finish (lacquer, shellac or varnish) becomes dull, you can also restore its shine by wiping it with a soft cloth dipped in furniture polish or lemon oil.
How to oil it?
After learning about the benefits of oiling rattan effect furniture, read on for more detailed steps on how to oil it.
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