The presence of rattan furniture provides distinctive touch for both indoor and outdoor decoration. The material is light, durable, and environmentally friendly, making it one of the favorite materials to fill the corner of the house. Unfortunately, rattan can quickly become brittle or break when exposed to excessive heat or humidity. However, regular maintenance will keep it sturdy for years to come.
Rattan furniture is known to have many nooks and crannies that can accommodate dust and dirt. Therefore, this furniture should be cleaned with a brush every week. To clean it every week, you can use a soft cloth on the entire surface of the furniture. This will prevent excessive dust build-up.
After that, a more thorough cleaning with water should be done every month. This is to remove any food, drink, or mud stains that may have been left behind.
For mothly cleaning, use water so that every stain can be lifted. Use a toothbrush to help remove dried dirt on the rattan. Then, dampen a cloth and put a drop of dishwashing liquid on the cloth. Clean the stained area. After that wipe with a damp cloth and let the area dry.
If there is any mud remaining, use a spoon or a dull knife to remove it from the rattan. Do not do it rough because it will damage the texture of the furniture. After that, use a damp cloth and the rattan furniture dries by itself.
At least once a year, check for lint and mold growth especially if the rattan furniture placed outdoors. Look in the furniture for any split or broken areas. If the furniture placed outdoors, check for mold and mildew that are often found in the foot area.
If there is mold, clean it using a mixture of bleach and water in equal ratio. Then dry in the sun, for quick drying. So that the life of this rattan furniture can last a long time, coat the surface with linseed oil. The oil will add moisture and help prevent breakage.