Queen Haley. Furniture. June 13th , 2017.
Different Materials For Outdoor Furniture: Whichever approach one takes to the modern-day landscaping and outdoor decoration market, there is no denying that rattan garden furniture is the most popular type of outdoor furniture, and one of the most popular types of landscaping items in general. With their versatile nature, weather resistance, sturdy build and low maintenance requirements, items made from both natural and synthetic rattan have taken over the landscaping market to such an extent that many home-owners never even consider the possibility that there may be other, different materials for outdoor furniture.
Natural Materials: Natural fibres have traditionally been some of the most popular and widespread among the different materials for outdoor furniture, and that is a trend which continues to this day. As popular as synthetic fibres have become in recent years, there is still a certain charm to natural materials which causes many home-owners to choose them over their man-made counterparts – even despite the significantly higher degree of care and maintenance they require.
Wood veneers can be difficult to match. It is possible to buy new veneer strips, but they are generally thinner than the old hand-sawn veneers and do not always match in colour. It often pays to go to an auction to look for a broken oddment of furniture that has suitable veneers. To remove a veneer from its backing, first clean off any old polish with white spirit and carefully clean the varnish or wax. Place a damp cloth over the cleaned strip and press with a fairly hot iron. Keep the cloth damp. This melts the Scotch glue holding down the veneer, which can then be peeled off. The same technique is used to raise small areas on the antique piece, but use a soldering iron instead of an iron. Wipe all traces of glue while it is still warm. Dampen the veneer and flatten it between two pieces of wood for about 24 hours before use. Do not let it dry completely, for veneers must be re-laid while still damp and pliable. The replacement veneer should be slightly thicker than the existing one, to allow for sanding. Stick the new strip down with Scotch glue and apply a weight or clamp until the glue has completely set. Wax and polish to match the existing finish.
Packing: Good packing can ensure that the furniture will be as beautiful as it was when it was stored. As a first step, you can disassemble beds and tables before storing. You can apply a coat of wax to protect its sheen. All the screws, bolts, and nuts should be placed in a clear plastic bag and tied to the bed frame. A quilt can be wrapped around tabletops and headboards to prevent denting and scratching.
So, is rattan furniture eco-friendly? In a nutshell, yes. Both the natural and synthetic variants of the material are sustainable from an environmental standpoint, and the lines below go into more detail about why.
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