We use 5mm round weave to manufacture our top of the range rattan garden sofa sets for a number of reasons:
aesthetics – the round weave gives a solid classic look
more substantial furniture – it takes much more raw material to make a round weave product as the round rattan fibre is thicker than flat rattan fibre
strength – it takes much longer to weave round rattan fibre but the end product is heavier and lasts longer
better cushions – high grade cushion material/foam is specified to complement the round rattan and the cushions are boxed and piped
cleaning – see caring for your set
Also known as resin weave or woven wicker, rattan outdoor furniture is basically extruded polypropylene fibre, woven onto a metal frame. Polypropylene was first used in the 1980s in the garden furniture industry to manufacture stacking resin chairs, loungers and garden tables.
Start by using a soft brush all over the surfaces to loosen and remove caked-on grime, such as mud or moss. This will get deep into the strands of the rattan, but don't be too aggressive or you risk damaging the finish. Then use the soft brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner all over the surface of the item to suck up any loosened dirt and dust.
Next, add a small amount of ordinary washing-up liquid to a large bucket of warm water – don't use cleaners containing bleach or scouring agents as these can lead to tiny cracks in the plastic threads of the furniture, which will attract dirt.
Using a soft sponge or cloth, wipe all over the furniture surfaces with this detergent solution, paying attention to really grubby areas. Leave it to soak for a minute or two, then rinse the entire item with cold water, using a gentle spray setting on your garden hose. Don't use any type of pressure-washer as these can damage the finish of your furniture.
Once thoroughly rinsed, leave to dry naturally in the sun.