Rattan furniture makes a stylish statement for both indoor and outdoor decor. The pieces are lightweight, durable, and eco-friendly. Rattan is a vine that is closely related to tropical palms; it grows into a cane that’s 1 inch to 3 inches in diameter, which can be cut into lengths with a strong core and steamed to shape into curves. The outer skin of the vine is peeled off to create flexible lengths to bind furniture joints together.
Since rattan can become brittle or damaged when exposed to heat or moisture, a bit of care will keep the material clean and dust-free so it will last for years to come.
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How Often to Clean Rattan Furniture
Because of the construction techniques used for rattan furniture, there are lots of nooks and crannies that can collect dust and dirt. The furniture should be dusted or vacuumed with an upholstery brush weekly. A more thorough damp cleaning should be done monthly. Any food, drink, or mud stains should be cleaned away immediately.
At least once a year, inspect the furniture for splits in the fibers and mold and mildew growth, especially if the rattan pieces have been outdoors. Take the time to clean away problems and recondition the fibers.
What You’ll Need
Equipment / Tools
Vacuum with upholstery brush
Spoon or dull knife (optional)
Compressed air (optional)