Garden Furniture Ideas Garden furniture is an essential piece of patio and gardens. The most popular materials in garden furniture include plastic and aluminum. Rattan garden furniture is also fast gaining popularity. The naturalistic, rustic look of rattan garden furniture has some kind of appeal in the eyes of patio and garden owners. Rattan combines sturdiness, great visual appeal and durability but it tends to get damaged in the long run. Although it looks strong, rattan can be damaged easily. Utmost care and attention is necessary when handling the delicate rattan material so you do not end up with garden furniture that is damaged. Synthetic rattan is gaining more popularity over natural rattan for this reason. Synthetic rattan is a polyethylene alloy which has most of the characteristics of natural rattan and is much easier to care for. Whether you own garden furniture made out of natural or synthetic rattan there are ways to care for the furniture so that it remains beautiful for long. While very versatile, natural rattan pieces are very delicate. The usual methods and products for cleaning would cause damage if used to clean natural rattan. To keep the wicker furniture looking good these products and methods should be avoided when cleaning rattan. Ideal cleaning for rattan is dusting it with a soft bristled brush and a vacuum cleaner on a weekly basis. Water damages rattan and should be used sparingly but paper rattan should never be cleaned with water. A damp cloth should be used to clean paper rattan. There are some simple yet effective tips for maintaining natural rattan. A thin film of wax can be used to protect the furniture from exposure to ultra violet rays. Linseed oil can be used to restore cracked surfaces on the furniture, but only if the furniture has not been painted. When not in use, natural rattan pieces should be protected with a cover and when kept indoors, it should be slightly humid. Rattan furniture can be painted although this has the effect of reducing their market value as the paint removes their antique status. Traditional liquid paint is however not recommended for rattan pieces, use spray paint instead. Synthetic rattan on the other hand, is much easier to care for and still sports all the features of natural rattan. Compared to natural rattan, synthetic rattan requires much less effort to take care of. Cleaning synthetic rattan for example, can be done with lots of water and the usual detergents and products without damaging the furniture. Despite it being easier to care for, furniture made from synthetic rattan also require some amount of attention in care and storage to avoid damage.What Has Changed Recently With Supplies?