House Hold and Outdoor Rattan Furniture Care:
To perform a routine cleaning on your rattan pieces, you will need dish washing detergent, water, a bowl, soft cloth, and toothbrush. First step is to add a few drops of the washing up liquid to the bowl, then fill with water to make a good amount of bubbles on the water surface. Take a delicate cloth and dip it into the surface bubbles only, do not wet the cloth with the water. Wipe the rattan with the barely damp cloth, you should make sure not to over wet the furniture. Use the cloth to wipe the immediate surface area, but for the small crevices especially those in wicker furniture, using a delicate brush or toothbrush is more ideal. Dip the toothbrush again on the surface bubbles only, and getting into the hard to reach places on your furniture to remove stuck dust and dirt. Now simply allow to dry air dry, and repeat this every week for best results.
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Now you know how to do a quick clean to rid the furniture of easily removable dust and grime, in addition to that, thorough cleaning should be done once every year. Why should I do this as well? I hear you ask, well this clean is now geared towards more than just getting the cobwebs off the furniture, here we are looking to remove stains, and re-seal your rattan furniture using a protective coat of lacquer or shellac. To get us going start by making the cleaning solution as in the first weekly cleaning method, but this time you will need to scrub the rattan surface with a delicate cloth slightly soaked in a little more water. The rattan surface will be more deeply cleaned as you should also spend a little extra time on the scrubbing here on this clean than the routine upkeep, but it will also turn out wetter than it usually does in routine cleanings. To help the rattan dry faster, make sure you do your thorough cleaning when the day is sunny, warm and dry. This way, you can set your rattan furniture set out to dry under the sun after cleaning. Alternatively, you can use a hot hair dryer to dry the rattan surface effectively.
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After the rattan has completely dried, use a soft paintbrush to apply an even coat of lacquer or shellac on the rattan surface, to seal and provide you with additional protection to the furniture exterior until the up coming thorough maintenance in the following year.