How To Weatherproof Your Rattan Garden Furniture

If you live in the UK or another country where it rains a lot, you’ll know that weatherproofing your garden furniture is a must, especially if the furniture is made from natural materials. So how do you go about protecting your garden furniture from the sun, rain, wind and snow? Below we’ve shared some easy tips for weatherproofing rattan garden furniture and keeping it looking as good as new.

How To Weatherproof Your Rattan Garden Furniture

Buy Waterproof Rattan Garden Furniture

The simplest way to ensure your rattan garden furniture is weatherproof is to invest in pieces that are made from naturally waterproof materials. Synthetic rattan furniture is the perfect example. Like natural rattan furniture, it will enable you to add a touch of style and luxury to your outdoor space, however you will also benefit from the peace of mind that a quick shower of rain or blustery winds won’t destroy it.

How To Weatherproof Your Rattan Garden Furniture

Treat it

If you insist on purchasing natural rattan garden furniture, then you will need to treat it with a varnish in order to make it weatherproof. Applying a couple of coats of marine varnish every few years will help to preserve the colour of your natural rattan furniture and keep it looking as good as new.

Using a waterproofing spray on your natural rattan garden furniture every few months will help to extend its life. These sprays basically create a water resistant barrier between the rattan and the rainwater, preventing it from soaking in and causing damage.

Clean it

Cleaning your rattan garden furniture will also help to keep it in a good condition. You can simply hose down synthetic rattan furniture to remove any dirt and debris it’s collected but if you have bought natural rattan furniture, you need to be careful not to get it too wet. The best option is to wet a sponge, squeeze out as much water as possible and then gently wipe over the soiled areas.

Avoid using any chemicals on your natural and synthetic rattan furniture as they can affect its colouring.

Cover it

Although synthetic rattan furniture is already weatherproof, if you are going to leave it outside all year round, it’s still a good idea to purchase a cover for it. Covering over your rattan dining table, chairs and loungers with waterproof covers will keep the rain off them and also prevent the sunlight from discolouring them in the summer.

If you’ve purchased natural rattan furniture, it’s recommended that you store it indoors, however if you want to simply leave it out overnight in the summer, a waterproof cover should keep it safe and protected.

Speaking of waterproof covers, we highly recommend choosing ones that are made from PVC backed polyester. These covers are both waterproof and breathable, which means that mould and mildew won’t be able to grow on your garden furniture.

Store it

A final way to prevent your rattan furniture from getting damaged by the rain, sun, snow and other weather conditions is to store it indoors. If you don’t have a shed, garage or summerhouse you can keep it in, you can always choose to use it in your conservatory or living room instead. Rattan furniture is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and has a versatile design that compliments all interiors.

Conclusion

Although rattan is naturally durable, it still requires a little TLC to keep it in a good condition. Weatherproofing your rattan furniture with protective sprays and making the effort to store it appropriately will help you to prolong its life and really get your money’s worth from your purchase.

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