August 10, 2022 3 min read
Rattan garden furniture is a patio classic that helps create wonderful garden moments for many people. If you choose rattan furniture, the style you choose won't go out of style any time soon. In this article, we'll cover all the basics about rattan style furniture to help simplify the buying process and help you get the best value for your money.
Is it weatherproof?
The weather in the UK is always unpredictable. It is therefore not surprising that homeowners want to ensure that the garden furniture they buy will be able to cope with the many days of rainfall that are usually predicted each year in the UK. Most rattan furniture set is completely weatherproof, as long as it is made with an aluminum frame and PE synthetic rattan. These materials are strong and durable, though very lightweight, and rust-proof and will not crack or become brittle. However, if the rattan furniture is made with PU or PVC or steel frames, then they will not be rust proof and while they can still stay outdoors, they will not last long and may leave rust stains on your deck or patio that cannot be removed.
Can its cushions be left outside?
This will depend on the material of the rattan garden furniture cushions. Some rattan furniture sets come with weatherproof pads that can be happily left outside for a shower or 2. Others come with plain style cushions that should not be forgotten in wet weather. Even with weatherproof cushioning materials, we always recommend storing them when not in use. Water sometimes stays on these mats and causes stains or ring marks that are difficult to remove when they dry. Simply put them away to ensure they stay safe, clean, and ready for your next party night!
How long will it last?
Unlike metal and wood furniture, rattan is a stronger, more resilient material that will not rust or rot. Properly cared for, cleaned and protected PE/HDPE will last 10+ years. PVC may not last as long, but when cared for again, you would expect your purchase to last 3+ years. How long your rattan garden furniture lasts depends on where you store it in the summer and winter, and how well you take care of it. The wonderful thing about rattan style furniture is that it doesn't require much care, so you can enjoy your furniture for over twenty years with very little effort. If you want your rattan furniture to be really durable, there are a few things you can do to help keep it in good condition year after year.
Does it need annual aftercare?
Typically, synthetic rattan effect garden furniture requires minimal maintenance, which makes it a popular outdoor furniture choice. This low-maintenance material can be left outside year-round without weather damage. Unlike other outdoor furniture, no staining or cleaning is required. You don't need to stain or oil it every year. It's perfect for most environments. If you leave rattan garden table and chairs outdoors all year round, it may accumulate dirt such as leaves and bird droppings, which may mean that you need to clean the furniture regularly. If you want to avoid regular cleaning, we recommend that you cover your furniture with a specially designed garden furniture cover. Patio furniture covers are particularly handy in winter as they will keep your furniture clean and prevent falling leaves as well as snow and frost from leaving stains on your furniture.
This is common and effective information about rattan garden furniture, and we hope we have covered all your questions here. Rattan furniture is very durable and well maintained, and can easily last for decades even when left outdoors. If you want to buy a piece of furniture for your outdoor garden and patio, after having a detailed understanding of it, we believe you can easily pick the one that best suits your needs.
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