Repair and Restoration for Rattan Furniture
Wicker furniture made of rattan is widely used to create stylish outdoor spaces, as natural rattan offers versatility, strength, flexibility and durability while rousing a pleasingly natural and laidback appearance. Whether it's an antique-style rattan rocking chair or a contemporary outdoor rattan bistro set, quality rattan furniture is a popular choice when it comes to decorating and furnishing outdoor spaces with functional and tasteful pieces.
Outdoor rattan furniture is valued for its durability and resistance to humidity, sunlight, and temperature extremes, but like any other type of furniture, it is not completely and permanently impervious to any and all types of damage. Over time, cracks, splits, stains, and molds can afflict your rattan pieces, especially when they are extensively used and not maintained as regularly as they should be. To address these problems, here's a guide that will give you an overview on repairing splits and cracks, removing stains and treating molds in your rattan furniture if necessary.
• Repairing Splits and Cracks
Cracked or split rattan is often caused by too much dryness, as when a furniture piece is left under intense direct sunlight for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, no solution can fully mend a split or crack to recover the original state of the rattan surface. The best thing you can do is to raise the humidity level of the material by applying a wood moisturizer or boiled linseed oil over the damaged surface area using a gentle brush. If you opt to use linseed oil, make sure you apply the boiled variety, as raw linseed oil will not sufficiently harden or dry over the rattan surface. Applying boiled linseed oil or another type of wood moisturizer won't completely heal up cracks, but it causes the material to swell and be flexible enough to make the split less noticeable. This technique also protects the area from being damaged any further.
• Removing Stains
Regular inspection of your wicker rattan furniture for stains is important, as the earlier stains are treated, the better the chances are that they can still be scrubbed out. To remove stains, prepare a solution of detergent dissolved in water. Take a harsh cloth and dip it on the detergent suds of the solution, taking care not to soak the cloth with the water. Use the dipped cloth to scrub the stain out of the rattan surface, and allow to dry under the sun or using a hair dryer. For spots that have stained smaller crevices in woven furniture, use a small toothbrush again dipped in detergent suds to scrub them out.
• Removing Molds
Molds are fungi that can grow on your outdoor rattan furniture, staining it while also eating away at the material and giving it an undesirable musty odor. To kill and clear away molds, dampen a soft cloth in a solution of water, dish soap and oxygen bleach. Using the dampened cloth, wipe the molds away from the rattan surface. Finally, spray a mist of lukewarm water mixed with white vinegar over the entire surface area of your furniture to kill any remaining fungi and eliminate odors.