Category: Furniture Care

The snowbells are out and the days are getting longer, which means that soon you may be sitting out in your garden enjoying the growing heat. However, your furniture – whether it sits out in your garden or on a patio – has seen a lot of damage over the course of winter thanks to the varying weather and is less than clean. Which means that it needs a little tender loving care before it’s usable again. With that in mind, how do you go about bringing a new shine to your furniture after a long winter up against the elements or in storage? Restoring Wooden Furniture The humble garden bench is a staple of any garden, public walkway and sprawling park. It faces wind, rain, heavy sun and the occasional downfall of snow with no complaint. However, it can soon begin to see the signs of wear and tear that is associated with such harsh and varying weather conditions. Metal Cleaning The worst part about having metal furniture is that rust and other things can easily begin to build up on the surface of your furniture. Which means that, ultimately, you will have to partake in cleaning at least once a year if not more for this furniture. If a lot of rust has built up over the winter, then the task may seem more daunting than it should. But, it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few steps to follow:
  • Make a mixture of washing up liquid and warm water.
  • Scrub the metal surface with a hard brush – particularly the rusty parts.
  • Rinse the furniture once scrubbed.
  • If any rust persists, then scrub again.
Once you are happy with the results, then you can repaint the piece to cover up any blemishes that are left on the metal after. New Life to Plastics Plastic is a much more long-suffering type of material, which should last much longer than most materials, and cleaning is much easier as a result. Mildew, marks and other weather blemishes are likely the worse of what you will see on this furniture. Use a simple, soft, sponge with slightly warm water before gently scrubbing. Most if not all of the dirt should come away with this basic cleaning technique. For harsher or more permanent stains, however, a mixture of baking soda with the warm water should suffice. If this does not work either, then a weakened solution of bleach may have to be applied. Cleaning Rattan Rattan furniture is one of the best looking pieces of furniture that you can have in your garden, but like with a lot of outdoor furniture, it can get unclean pretty easily. Luckily, the cleaning process is also perfectly simple. The most common problems facing your rattan furniture include dust, stains, sun damage, other basic wear and tear. Your furniture is water resistant as a rule, so don’t worry about having to use a mild soap and water solution in order to clean your rattan furniture effectively. Gentle, slow motions, with a sponge, should be more than enough to remove most dirt and stains from your rattan. Otherwise, the best thing you can do for your rattan furniture is to keep it covered during the rougher weather. And there you have it! No matter what type of furniture you have adorning your garden, it’s not impossible for it to be clean and beautiful by the time Spring comes – just so long as you are willing to put in a little elbow grease!

Just last week, the UK was hit by hurricane Ophelia. The hurricane brought extremely high winds and caused large amounts of damage across the country. As we know stormy conditions can’t be changed so all we can do is prepare and hope for the best. If you’ve invested in your garden setup over the summer, you don’t want all of that hard work and money spent to go to waste. Whilst you can never fully be protected from the effects of a hurricane, you can, however, follow the below steps to ensure your garden furniture stays safe so you can keep it in pristine condition ready for when the weather improves again!  Find out how to do so here…

Storm Damage To Garden

Keep It Covered Up 

The easiest and best way to keep your furniture dry and free from debris during a storm is to invest in a cover. The key is to ensure that your cover is the right fit for your rattan chairs, tables and umbrella (if you have one). If your suite doesn’t come with one, make sure you measure up before buying your cover. You need a tight fit for your seating group so if you have a few pieces, make sure you have a sheet that contains them all. You can now purchase covers that tie around your furniture and to nearby objects to ensure that it holds firm and doesn’t fly off.

Add Some Weight

When high winds are present you’ll need to weigh down your outdoor furniture with sandbags, weights or even just heavier objects. This will, of course, depend on the weight of your furniture but if you can’t sit heavier pieces on top of your suites, surround the legs with the weight to ensure it holds its position. For wicker patio furniture, weighing down your ranges (Tables and Chairs) is a must as they can often be blown over so you want to hold them down to prevent damage. Chairs should also be tucked in under the table and umbrellas should always be placed in a heavy umbrella base like below to keep it from blowing away.

Tend to Those Trees

Garden Tree Damage After Storm If you’ve not caught the news over the past week, you may not have seen the damaged caused to people’s property from falling branches. If your garden is filled with surrounding trees then you may need to take some action before the bad weather hits. Large tree branches hovering over your patio furniture can pose a threat to damaging your set. It’s a good idea to make sure any tree branches that are overhanging your set are either trimmed or removed. In addition, if you own a garden awning, make sure it’s closed up and secure before the storm comes in just so it doesn’t fall on your home or your patio furniture pieces.

Hide Away Those Cushions

Cushions, when left outside, are often the victims of stormy weather, whether it’s them being blown away, damaged or covered in debris. If you know a storm is going to be hitting, the simple and safest way to protect your cushions is to take them inside or store them in a heavy-duty outdoor storage container or even your shed.

conservatory-condensation Arguably the biggest frustration for any conservatory owner in the winter is condensation. During this time of the year, condensation is a common problem and it is one that could lead to several problems if neglected. If untreated, the moisture build-up can lead to some unpleasant mould building up which can damage your window frames, sills and most importantly your rattan furniture – Not to mention the health problems mould can cause with spores being released. The best way to cure mould and condensation is by prevention so we’ve outlined the causes below to show you how to reduce it from happening.

So How Is It Formed?

Simply put, condensation is the name given to the process water vapour becoming liquid. Condensation forms when the air has reached the saturation point and can no longer hold any more water, or when the temperature of the air drops to a point where the water molecules in the air slow down to a point where they begin to cluster together. As a result, this is why you see it form on the windows of your conservatories as the indoor air comes into contact with the colder glazing, creating water droplets on the glass.

So What Is The Solution?

The best way to prevent his from happening is ventilation. Subjecting the room to some fresh air and circulation will help as modern builds are often more airtight than they were years ago. One of the main ways to prevent build-up is to increase the temperature of the air, keeping your conservatory warm and circulated but this doesn’t clear the root of the issue. By improving the airflow, you can release the built up vapour through simply opening the windows and allowing the vapour to escape. Using a heater in tandem with open windows will keep the water in the air in vapour form, preventing it from cooling too much, but will also increase convection so that it can leave the room easily. Often an effective conservatory radiator will ensure that the room temperature is warm and the air gets circulated. On those odd days where the weather is not horrific, open your conservatory doors and let the room breathe.

Extreme Cases

For those of you who are faced with continued condensation and spots of mould, it will be worthwhile getting a dehumidifier to alleviate the moisture from the air to prevent future occurrences. Obviously, this isn’t as cost friendly as you’ll have to consider using more electricity and buying the products itself but it will give you the best results. You could also try a window vacuum; this handy tool will make removing condensation a simple and straightforward job as its much quicker and easier than wiping them down with cloths. In addition, drip strips can be used. Strips can be added to the bottom of the window so that is captures and absorbs so it can catch any moisture that runs down the pane. This is a cheap option but it requires frequent attention as the strips need to be wrung out every so often. The beauty of all of the remedies above is that they are quick and easy solutions to implement. Damp is never a pleasant thing to look at so by taking the time to increase your ventilation will go a long way when it comes to tackling those condensation problems.

Now that summer is here, it’s times to take off those covers and dust down your outdoor furniture. After a few months of harsh conditions, it is time to reassess the state of your suites and decide if you want to either invest in a new range or clean up what you have touching up the scuffs and scrapes. If you’re in the position where you can’t afford a new set then there are a few things that you can do to restore your rattan furniture range so it is looking as good as new. Whether you want your garden furniture to stand out or if you want to just subtly make it blend in with its surroundings, paint is one of the simplest ways to do so to bring life back to the suite. From styles to how to apply the paint, below we’ve listed different elements to consider when painting your rattan furniture.

How to Paint Rattan Furniture

Step 1 – Firstly, you’ll need to clean your furniture and remove any dust, dirt or loose fragments. This can be done with a clean paintbrush, soft brush or a cloth. Remember to take off your cushions so you don’t get any unwanted substances on them!   Step 2 – If there are any loose fragments it is important to keep them as smooth as possible. Once cleaned you should sand them down, which in turn will make it easier to paint. You may need to replace any loose strands that have been damaged over time.   Step 3 – Once you’ve finished sanding, you’ll then have to clean your furniture to ensure that there is no dust or debris left on the furniture and that it is dry.   Step 4 – Now that you can finally begin painting, it is important to remember that you wear safety googles and a mask in a well-ventilated area.   Step 5 – Apply a couple of thin layers (oil-based undercoats) of your chosen paint to the furniture and then allow it dry. You have allowed it to dry ensure that you have thoroughly covered between each coat that is applied. You made need to use a toothbrush to get into all of nooks and crannies.   Step 6 – Once dry, it is very much a case of ‘rinse and repeat’ but this time, apply your oil based top coat colour. Again, allow it to dry to ensure the full treatment sets.   Step 7 – Finally, finish the bottom side of the furniture and you will be good to go.   Please remember, if you’re trying to match the existing rattan colour with a new paint alternative. Try to get the paint as close as possible as any missed parts will be easily noticeable.

Today, rattan garden furniture is the most preferred choice when it comes to a person picking their patio furniture. Despite how amazing and practical these rattan furniture suites are, if you’ve previously opted for a lower quality one, it may now be showing signs of wear and tear. Outdoor furniture is not always easy to clean and cheaper sets can get damaged due to exposure from sunlight and rain. It is at this point that we’d encourage you to look at a new suite but if you’re currently not in the position to afford a new one, we’ve listed some tips on how you can restore your set below.
  1. Examine and Assess

First of all, you should start by giving your rattan garden furniture a thorough examination. Remove any cushions that you may have and place the suite where there is a good source of light to allow you to check exactly what is worn or damaged. Next, you need to assess the damage and make the decision of whether it could just be cleaned, if it needed a coat of paint or if it needs to be replaced. You’ll need to see if there is any damage in the frame and also check if there are any parts where the wicker weave is damaged or has loosened.
  1. Cleaning The Rattan

The next step it to start cleaning the rattan. For cleaning, use a stiff bristled brush or a toothbrush to scrub away all of the dirt and grime. You could also use the vacuum brush attachment to the clean the furniture. Once the brushing is out of the way, make a solution of warm water and dish washing soap and using a soft sponge clean the furniture. Wipe the furniture down using a rag and clean water. Do not hose or use excess water soaking the furniture as it might damage the rattan.
  1. Glue Those Loose Pieces

Check for loose strands around the leg and other regions. Use an epoxy glue or super glue to secure it back in place. May sure you don’t use an excess amount as you don’t want to spoil the appearance of the wicker work, therefore you need to ensure you wipe away any spillages or bubbles.
  1. Replace and Weave Strands

In case the unfortunate case that you come across any strands that are beyond repair and ultimately that are cutting through the frame, you may have to replace it with a new strand. You can buy wicker strips for this purpose from some manufacturers or craft store. If you decide to do this, then make sure you soak the wicker strips for 1/2 an hour in water so that it is easier to manipulate. Following this, remove the worn piece and cut just above the damaged region. You will then be able to measure the length of rattan that needs to be replaced. Always add 2 inches to the desired length to be safe and cut. Finally, you now just need to weave it back into the same pattern. This may be quite hard to do, depending on the complexity of your suite but you can use glue to keep your weave in place.
  1. Add Paint and Varnish

The last step to take Is to paint your furniture. Spray paint typically works well as it covers all the little hidden bits the eye will miss. You can finish off your work by coating it with a lacquer for that finished look or you can spray primer to the piece and let it dry for 24 hours, and then repaint with white paint. Finally, complete the look with a coat or two of varnish in order to restore a natural and authentic look to the material.

This is a question that often stumps people when it comes to making their furniture purchase. As confusing as it can be to differentiate between the two, when it comes to rattan furniture, there is natural rattan or synthetic rattan. To help clear up some of the confusion, below we will take a look at the difference and compare both their strengths and weaknesses. Continue Reading

When it comes to furniture, there are few pieces that take as much abuse as outdoor garden furniture does. Whether it’s surviving a downpour or dealing with split good and drinks for the various garden parties, it’s going to experience a lot of wear and tear. As a result, it is always clever to give your garden furniture some well-needed attention every now and again. Today furnishings are built and designed to handle a number of scenarios with ease, however, that being said, a clean every once in a while can go a long way in making your furniture last even longer. Continue Reading

Rattan Furniture has been a household as well as a garden favourite for many generations now. Rattan and cane furniture both rose to fame during the 19th century as it was a lighter and less expensive option to the bulky and heavy furnishings that were being sold and produced on the market at the time. Continue Reading

As one of the UK’s leading rattan and cane furniture specialists, we often receive a lot of questions from our customers about household damp and mould.
  • What are the causes of damp?
  • How can I prevent damp?
  • How should I treat damp?
We’ve compiled a handy guide with information on all things damp and mould to help you get this household bugbear under control. Continue Reading

It’s truly astounding how many people genuinely believe that rattan and wicker furniture is exactly the same. A direct result of this is that a number of outlets use these names interchangeably to address a specific type of furniture, instead of them being separate. Although both rattan and wicker are in the same category, there’s a significant difference between the two: one is a material and the other is a process. Continue Reading

One of the best things about choosing furniture with Desser is the ability to personalise your rattan suites with a wide selection of cushion fabrics. This month everyone is layering up for the cooler climes of autumn, and with that in mind we’re going mad for the ‘Maria’ design. With an elegant, understated neutral tone it’s perfect not just for autumn but all year round, providing the perfect canvas to splash seasonal scatter pillows over. This Grade B, machine washable fabric is not just practical, but complements a wide range of colours for all rooms and seasons. For this coming autumn, we’d recommend fabric designs such as ‘Kate’ and ‘Nancy’. Continue Reading

The fair trade movement was started to ensure that producers in developing countries were paid a fair price for their products.

This campaign was given an official certification mark in 2002; a mark which is owned and protected by Fairtrade International (FLO). The certification mark was created to provide manufacturers with a way of demonstrating that their products conform to extensive fair trade regulations put in place by the FLO. Although these marks were first applied to coffee and bananas, this is no longer the case; many other products are now fair trade certified.

The fair trade mark’s impact goes far beyond just items on supermarket shelves; there are currently over one thousand towns and cities with fair trade status. This means that fair trade is promoted within their local press and products are used within council buildings, schools and retail outlets.

Why fair trade matters

The main focus of fair trade incentives is always on the producers. This means that growers and pickers in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities are protected from exploitation. This protection extends far beyond just the price they are paid for products; it sets standards in health and safety, discrimination and worker age, amongst other things. Above all, fair trade ensures that farmers in developing countries are adequately paid for the products they sell, and not exploited.

Fair trade and rattan

Rattan itself is a great crop choice for farmers in developing countries. It grows quickly, allowing for high production loads and farmers to make the most of their available space. What’s more, rattan grows best when combined with other crops. This makes it the perfect choice for farmers with pre-existing orchards, as they can grow two lots at once.

Here at Desser, all of our rattan is sourced from Indonesia, the origin of 70% of the world’s supply. We work tirelessly to ensure that all of our sources conform to fair trade working practices and ethics. This dedication to producers shows in the products we provide. Working closely with our producers ensures that our products are constantly of the highest possible quality.

Is fair trade a big factor in the products you purchase? Do you think more could be done to promote ethical working practices? Leave your comments in the section below.


Rattan garden furniture is perfect to use in your garden all year round as it is very durable and hard wearing. Its natural and lightweight look makes it a great addition to any garden. Rattan garden furniture is long lasting, but due to the harsh conditions it endures in winter, here are a few tips on how to winter proof your rattan garden furniture to increase its life: chair-d

Clean rattan furniture regularly

Over summer, your rattan garden furniture will have experienced a lot of use. This may leave dust, dirt and food particles on your furniture. During harsh weather, these particles can grind away at the rattan, ultimately weakening your furniture. It is important that you regularly clean the furniture to improve its life during winter. If it’s taken a bit of a battering then see here how to restore your range to breathe some life back into it.

Remove the cushions

Garden furniture cushions are great during the summer, but by the time winter arrives, they will be sitting there gathering dirt and rain. Although they are made to handle a bit of rain, the harsh conditions of winter could lead to the onset of mould which could damage the cushions. To avoid this, simply store them in a dry place away from the winter elements.

Oil your furniture

By oiling your furniture, it will keep out the dampness which could soften and stretch the rattan fibres. Apply tung oil with a cloth to the rattan when you first put it outside. Reapply each season. desser34

Cover the rattan

Winter will put your rattan garden furniture to the test. However, there may be some winter conditions where your furniture could be taking a battering from the conditions. To avoid this, you can purchase covers to fit each of your furniture pieces. It will cover it from top to bottom and completely protect it from the weather. If you don’t want to buy special covers, you can simply cover it with tarp to which will protect it just as effectively. Keeping your rattan garden furniture clean, sealed, and away from the occasional winter torrential downpour will ensure that your garden furniture stays durable and hardwearing for a long time to come, allowing you use it all year round. This means that it will stay in great condition for use next year. What do you think if this blog? Can you think of any more ways to winter proof your rattan garden furniture. If you’re wondering how to get your hands on one of our ranges please visit our product pages or alternatively get in touch today if there is a range that you want to inquire about! Images courtesy of Shutterstock

Although your rattan furniture is very hard durable and hardwearing, it may need the occasional lick of paint and a little bit of maintenance over time, especially if you use it as garden furniture. Rattan furniture is very popular due to its long life and versatility. It can be used wherever you wish, such as your garden, patio, conservatory, living room and many other places. Rattan has wood like properties so can easily be painted to rejuvenate it and enhance its look. Here is a guide to help you paint your rattan furniture. Ideas For Your Garden | Blog | Desser Firstly, you will need a few things, which include:
  • Hard-wire brush
  • A small brush to remove the dust
  • Cleaning solution
  • A couple of cloths
  • Primer
  • Latex spray paint
To begin with, you will first need to remove the old paint, especially if it is flaking or peeling. To do this, take the hard-wire brush and forcefully rub the old paint off. Work you way through your furniture and don’t leave any area untouched. Once you have cleared the existing paint, take the small brush and remove the dust from the furniture. After that, grab your detergent and mix it with water in a bowl. Wet your brush and vigorously clean the furniture. Once you have thoroughly cleaned your furniture, leave it to dry for a few hours. It has to be fully dry before you can continue. slider-image-7 Next, to paint your furniture, you need to lay down your cloths or towel and then place the furniture on top. This will help you to keep the area in with your painting clean and free of paint. Apply your spray paint primer evenly, about 8 inches away from the rattan furniture. Once you have finished priming the furniture, make sure it is completely dry before you apply the latex paint, you should wait no less than one hour. After you have waited over one hour for the primer to dry, it is time to add the latex paint. Again, hold the spray can about eight inches away from the surface that you are painting and apply evenly to the furniture. Once you have finished, let the furniture dry for a full day. You can then add your comfy cushions and relax on your rejuvenated rattan furniture. What do you think of this blog? Can you think of any more tips on how to paint rattan furniture? If so, please leave your comments below. If you’d prefer a step by step outline, please see our latest how to paint rattan furniture piece! Images courtesy of Shutterstock  

Making sure your wicker and rattan furniture stays in the best condition possible can seem like a difficult task, but it really needn’t be. With just a little bit of care and attention, you can make sure that your furnishings remain good as new. In the infographic below, you’ll find some of the best tips for ensuring your wicker chairs and sofas stay looking brand new for a good long time. You don’t really even need to carry out that many maintenance tasks to enjoy amazing wicker furniture, just follow these four simple steps. 4 tips on how to store wicker furniture INFOGRAPHIC

If you want to become more environmentally and ethically sound in everything you do, there are lots of great things that you can do.

Should you be looking for a few ideas, check these out:

1) Start recycling

If you don’t already recycle, now’s the time to start! You can easily get started with recycling by contacting your local authority to find out if there are any regular recycling bin collections in your area. If this is the case, you’ll most likely be able to recycle cardboard, paper, metal, glass and garden waste.

2) Make your transport green

Whether you choose to start riding your bike to work, or you go all-in for an electric car, there are lots of ways you can make your transport greener. Not only will this mean that you’re saving the planet, but it’s likely to save you quite a lot of money as well!

3) Go for rattan

Rattan furniture might seem like a slightly odd choice for your furnishings, especially since most people think it must be bad if it’s using natural resources, but it’s actually a very ethical product. Because rattan is a vine that grows between existing trees, it actually helps to sustain forests that could otherwise be set for deforestation. Also, rattan is grown and harvested by farmers who, without this job, would be out of work.

4) Think about your clothing choices

As you’ll be aware, the recent collapse of the clothing factory in Bangladesh highlighted the fact that many of the clothes we enjoy wearing in the West have been created by sweatshop workers. These people work in terrible conditions, so our clothes aren’t always exactly ethical.

5) Grow your own food

If you really want to do your bit for the environment and be as ethically sound as possible, you should definitely have a go at growing your own food. You can grow fruits and vegetables without much experience – you don’t need to be an expert gardener! There’s nothing better than the taste of home-grown food either, and the kids are sure to love helping out!

Can you think of any other great ways that you can become more ethically and environmentally sound?