Published on April 11th, 2018 | by admin0
How to Keep Your Rattan Furniture Looking (Practically) Brand New
Most people can recognize rattan when they see it. Furniture that looks like it was constructed from bamboo or wicker. Rattan is one of those household items that you know it when you see it, even if you maybe don’t know too much more about it. Could you recognize synthetic rattan when you see it? Could you tell the difference between the synthesized look of bamboo or wicker and the real thing? Perhaps not right out of the box, but given enough time to experience the ravages of aging and your sense of what is synthetic and what is the real thing might just be keener. You can see real rattan here at www.gardenvillageuk.co.uk.
Polyethylene. That is the name of the specific type of plastic that is typically used in the manufacture of furniture that looks like rattan, wicker or bamboo, but isn’t rattan, wicker or bamboo. Not just furniture, but a host of accessories intended for outdoor enjoyment. One of the element differences between the real thing and its synthetic equivalent is that the plastic version can better withstand all those aspects attributed to aging that diminish the quality of genuine rattan. Aspects including, but not limited to, heavy precipitation, harsh winds and ultraviolet rays from the sun.
In addition to durability, polyethylene enjoys the distinct advantage of versatility over the rattan. The lightweight characteristics of this plastic made ideal for weaving into intricate patterns. This artistic effect is made more durable by using an aluminum frame to wrap the plastic around. Synthetic rattan can also be dyed before the molding process or painted afterwards to afford an array of colorful options that the non-synthetic material simply cannot replicate.
This expanded aesthetic capability is what allows polyethylene to fool the eye into thinking you are looking at rattan harvested anywhere from Africa to Australia as well as the kind of wicker that would be at home on the porch of an antebellum home deep in the heart of Dixie. So adaptable is the plastic that it can reveal the subtle variations in happy wheels demo different species of bamboo.
Of course, for many people, the durability and aesthetic versatility of synthetic rattan will be of little consequence if maintaining those qualities requires more effort than the natural stuff. The news continues to remain good on this front. All it usually takes to bring out synthetic rattan for another summer is a thorough cleaning just before the weather starts getting nice. A thorough cleaning starts with taking a brush or broom to the accumulation of cobwebs, dirt, grass and leaves.What debris or residue remains can then be rinsed away with a hose and water. Any stubborn stains that insist on lingering can often be worked away using soap, a sponge and some strain.
There is a limit even to what can be expected from polyethylene, however. The process of maintaining cushions and cushion covers so that they might last as long as the furniture itself is a bit more complicated. In fact, if you really are intent in keeping the soft and hard parts of your outdoor furnishings a matching set for life, maintenance begins by bringing in the cushions every night. Remember, it does not take the heavens opening to bring forth a rainfall of Biblical proportions to do long-term damage even to supposedly waterproof cushioning. The daily onslaught of dewy moisture can put those soft parts at risk for mildew stains and the accompanying odor so take the extra five minutes before you head to bed to go back out and bring them for protection. Of course, when you do start to notice the effects of prolonged exposure, remove the covers and toss them into the washing machine.
A little additional effort and care is all it takes to preserve the beauty of your rattan furniture for many years. Depending on the quality and style of furnishings and accessories, you may well be moved one day to bring the outdoors inside. The most artfully constructed of plastic simulations of rattan, wicker and bamboo can be every bit at home inside a Polynesian-themed dining room, a sun-filled conservatory or an indoor garden area.