- 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.
Keep It Covered UpThe 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 WeightWhen 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 TreesIf 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 CushionsCushions, 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.
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 CasesFor 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.
How to Paint Rattan FurnitureStep 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.
Examine and Assess
Cleaning The Rattan
Glue Those Loose Pieces
Replace and Weave Strands
Add Paint and Varnish
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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.
Clean rattan furniture regularlyOver 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 cushionsGarden 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 furnitureBy 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.
Cover the rattanWinter 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
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- A small brush to remove the dust
- Cleaning solution
- A couple of cloths
- Latex spray paint
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?