Sherrie Carpenter. Furniture. May 18th , 2017.
Is Rattan Furniture Eco-Friendly? Rattan garden furniture is perhaps the most popular decorative item for gardens, patios and outdoor areas across the western world. The material’s sturdy, weather-resistant nature and low maintenance requirements, make it a perennial favourite among home-owners; as a result, both natural and synthetic rattan garden furniture are common sights in homes the world over.
Most of the clout natural materials hold as bases for both indoor and outdoor furniture stem from their long production history. Some of the fibres used to produce outdoor furniture in the 21st century are exactly the same used by the Ancient Egyptians when they first began using the technique of weaving, several centuries before Christ. This traditional aspect is appealing to most home-owners, and goes a long way towards explaining the significant popularity these materials continue to enjoy to this day.
Of these, resin-based synthetic rattan is of course the most popular, as well as the most widespread across public consciousness; however, unlike what many home-owners might think, not every rattan garden furniture item is made of the same type of synthetic polymer. Much to the contrary, rattan items on the market can be made out of any one of four types of resin: polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC or nylon.
Although storage facilities are much better than garage storage and also have provisions for boat storage, one needs to be careful while packing things for storage. For instance, a cloth or a towel can be placed over the contents of each drawer to prevent dust from entering the furniture. Wrap the light bulbs and shades from lamps, in towels or newspapers. Computers and electronic items can be stored in their original boxes. All the accessories like cords, modems, speakers, and microphones should be stored together so that they do not get lost.
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.
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