How to Make Your Rattan Furniture Look Better?

Synthetic rattan furniture has become increasingly popular in modern UK homes and gardens. This versatile material adds a touch of warmth and elegance to any space.  However, like any furniture, rattan pieces require regular care to maintain their beauty.

If you’ve noticed your rattan furniture looking a little worn or lacklustre, fret not! With a few simple tricks and a bit of TLC, you can revitalise your rattan and make it look better than ever.

Read on, and get ready to transform your rattan furniture into a stunning focal point!

Cleaning and Maintenance

BillyOh Minerva 7 Seater Rattan Sofa Set
BillyOh Minerva 7 Seater Rattan Sofa Set

Regular cleaning and maintenance help preserve the beauty and longevity of your garden furniture. By following these simple steps, you can keep your rattan pieces looking their best:

  1. Begin by gently dusting your rattan furniture with a soft brush or microfiber cloth. This step removes loose dirt and prevents it from settling into the crevices.
  2. Use a brush attachment on a low suction setting to vacuum hard-to-reach areas. Don’t forget to remove deeper-seated dirt particles.
  3. Dampen a soft cloth with a mixture of mild soap and water. Avoid using excess water, as rattan is susceptible to damage from moisture. Wipe the furniture thoroughly, focusing on any stained or soiled spots.
  4. After cleaning, ensure the rattan furniture is completely dry before using or storing it. Excessive moisture can lead to warping or mould growth.

Tips for protection:

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  • Avoid placing rattan furniture in direct sunlight to prevent fading and discolouration.
  • Use coasters or placemats to protect the surface from spills, stains, and scratches.
  • Apply a thin coat of furniture wax or rattan sealant every six months. Doing so helps maintain its natural lustre and provides added protection.

Improper cleaners, such as harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, can cause damage. Always use cleaning products and techniques suitable for rattan furniture.

Restoring Colour and Shine

Marbella 4 Seater Rattan Effect Armchair Set with Coffee Table
Marbella 4 Seater Rattan Effect Armchair Set with Coffee Table

Over time, rattan furniture can fade and lose its lustre due to exposure to sunlight and general wear. Lucky for you, there are techniques you can employ to restore its colour and shine:

Restoring colour

  1. Begin by cleaning the rattan furniture using a mild soap and water solution. This removes dirt and grime that may be masking the natural colour.
  2. Apply a thin layer of boiled linseed oil using a soft cloth. This helps rejuvenate the rattan, enhancing its shine.
  3. Another option to revitalise rattan furniture is to stain or paint it. Choose a stain or paint specifically formulated for rattan. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application.

Tips for staining or painting:

  • Consider the existing colour and style of your space when selecting a stain or paint colour. Opt for shades that complement your decor.
  • Test the stain or paint on a small area of the furniture to ensure you achieve the desired colour and finish.
  • Apply multiple thin coats of stain or paint. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next.

Repairing and Reinforcing

Although durable, synthetic rattan can experience loose strands or broken pieces over time. To effectively address these problems, follow these tips:

  • To address loose strands, inspect the furniture for any unravelling or fraying areas. Apply a strong adhesive specifically designed for synthetic rattan. This will help secure the loose strands back into place. Allow sufficient time for the adhesive to dry and set.
  • For broken pieces, assess the severity of the damage. If the break is minor, use a strong adhesive or epoxy resin to reattach the broken pieces. In cases where the damage is extensive, it may be necessary to replace the entire section.
  • To reinforce weak or wobbly areas, consider adding additional support. You can insert wooden dowels or metal braces into the affected areas. This will provide stability and prevent further damage.

Upholstery and Cushions

Marbella 2-Seater Rattan-Effect Sofa in Brown
Marbella 2-Seater Rattan-Effect Sofa in Brown

Upholstery and cushions add a touch of style and provide a cosy seating experience. When choosing materials, opt for durable fabrics that are resistant to fading. You can never go wrong with outdoor-grade polyester or acrylic; even better, they’re easy to clean!

Consider colours that complement the synthetic rattan’s hue. To maintain the upholstery, regularly vacuum or brush away loose dirt and debris. Spot clean any stains promptly using a mild soap and water solution. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for specific cleaning instructions.


By following these tips, you can freshen up your outdoor rattan furniture and make it look better than ever! Regular cleaning, colour restoration, repairs, upholstery choices, and styling can rejuvenate its appearance.

Remember to protect it from dust, spills, and sun damage. Use suitable cleaning products and techniques, and choose upholstery materials and colours wisely. With TLC, your investment will continue to exude timeless beauty and charm for years to come!