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When Should You Cover Your Rattan Patio Furniture?

March 11, 2022 3 min read

Rattan patio sets are perfect for relaxing in comfort outdoors and are a great place to gossip with family and friends. As the weather warms up more and more people enjoy spending time on their terraces and in their back gardens, are choosing to sit on their rattan outdoor sofas to soak up the sunshine in a comfortable way. In addition to the mild weather, our furniture is exposed to long periods of sun, humidity, rain, frost, wind and dust. While most rattan outdoor furniture is made from all-weather rattan, it is also important to properly protect your rattan effect furniture from the harsh weather elements to keep them looking brand new for years to come. This means you can enjoy more time barbecuing and hanging out by the pool without having to invest in new furniture. In response to this, many people want to know when they should cover their rattan effect patio furniture. We have researched this question in order to provide you with the answer.

Why do you need to cover it?
Although rattan patio furniture is designed to withstand damage from rain and weather, covering is an effective way to prevent premature damage to your furniture. If you want your furniture to remain in pristine condition for an extended period of time, then covering it would be a better note to take. Also apart from rain, there is other weather and other hazards to be aware of that may damage rattan effect furniture. Covering your furniture is designed to protect it from rain, snow, sun and even annoying pests and small animals. Cushions are made of a soft material and are the most common component that can be easily damaged. If exposed to sun or rain for long periods of time, the fabric and interior materials can fade and become moldy. In addition to this, exposed rattan patio table and chairs are often damaged by dust, bird droppings and mold. If you want your cushions and rattan furniture to last, cover it when appropriate. This will ensure that your rattan effect outdoor furniture remains in top condition.

When should you cover it?
There is no need to cover up your rattan furniture in spring and summer when we spend time in outdoor spaces all the time. A spring clean at the start of the season is always a good idea to remove dust and cobwebs and make everything look new again. During these seasons of regular use, a quick spot clean when needed is usually sufficient. During the off-season, when we are not using our rattan effect outdoor furniture on a daily basis, it may be a wise idea to protect it or store it over the winter. Especially in winter, you should dry and cover your rattan patio furniture set after the first frost. You can then simply uncover it to enjoy any remaining warm days, but you should cover it again immediately afterwards. I'm sure you don't want snow, frost or sleet to fall on your rattan furniture at any time. In addition, if your rattan style outdoor furniture cushion is not UV and fade resistant, then placing it under an awning or covered patio when the sun is very strong would be a better option.

Rattan Patio Furniture in Winter

What do you need to do when covering it?
The first step in preparing your rattan effect furniture for winter is to clean it. Moisture, dirt and debris left on rattan patio furniture set and cushions can cause mold or mildew to grow, which can leave your furniture rough by the following spring. So clean your furniture before covering it and remember to always allow it to dry completely before storing it. You can clean it with a brush or sponge together with soap and warm water. Simply scrub, rinse and allow the furniture to air dry. Once you have covered it, remember to check that it is well sealed. If you are worried about strong winds or heavy rain, you can try using rocks or cover clips to secure your furniture cover, thus adding some extra layer of protection needed by the environment.

We hope you have found this article helpful in deciding when to cover your rattan patio furniture. It is important to cover your furniture well to prolong its life. This is especially true during heavy rainfall, winter and summer when temperatures soar. Doing so will make your outdoor investment last and remain beautiful. Due to the unpredictability of the weather, please plan ahead so you are not caught off guard.

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