What is rattan?
Rattan is a species of climbing palms best known for their flexible and woody stems. These plants are widely used in furniture production, including tables, chairs, and more.
The raw rattan plant is processed into strands that can be woven in various designs using different weaving techniques. Rattan is a natural wood that can be painted and stained into multiple colors.
Keep your rattan furniture free from dust.
Keeping your rattan or wicker furniture clean can help to lengthen its lifespan. Clean your rattan occasionally to ensure it is free from dust and mildew. If left too long, these may cause your rattan fibers to decay. Wipe your rattan with a soft, damp cloth. You can also add a little dishwashing liquid or mild detergent.
Use a brush or vacuum.
When cleaning your rattan, it's essential to remove dust or mildew that may build up within the fibers. Remove the dirt from the harder-to-reach places using a soft brush or a handheld vacuum cleaner. This can be done every week for the best results.
Keep your rattan dry.
This is one of the most important things to note about your rattan furniture. If you have cleaned your rattan with a damp cloth, dry it immediately – either in the sun or with a hair dryer. And, of course, if you are using your rattan outdoors, be sure that it is not left in the rain, which may leave it permanently damaged.
REMOVE ANY SPILLS ON YOUR RATTAN IMMEDIATELY
What can you do if you spill something on your rattan furniture? The best move is to clean it as soon as possible before it has a chance to seep into the fiber. If any liquid spills onto the piece, please clean it as quickly as possible with a damp cloth. Even substances such as red wine or oil can be removed with a wet cloth if done in time.
AVOID DIRECT SUNLIGHT
While rattan furniture may be used outdoors, it should not be in direct sunlight. Direct exposure to the sun may weaken the material and cause it to become dried out or brittle. If you are using your rattan for garden or patio furniture, remember to keep it out of direct sunlight. The same applies to other direct heat, such as a fireplace.