Rattan furniture has been gaining popularity in recent years, and it is easy to see why. Its intricate pattern fits with a wide range of decorating styles, ranging from romantic Boho abodes, where it brings a touch of exoticism, to refined mid-century pads thanks to its retro flair. Rattan furniture fits in both indoor and outdoor spaces, perfect for those who are looking to infuse their homes with a more relaxed vibe.
However, despite its versatility, rattan furniture can intimidate homeowners. How do you take care of a piece of furniture with so many nooks and crannies that seem to be designed to trap dirt, grime, and moisture? Here is a quick guide to help you take care of your rattan furniture to keep them looking its best for many years to come.
What is Rattan?
Originally, rattan furniture was made using a natural vine found in Southeast Asia whose outer skin is peeled off. It was then woven to design lightweight and resistant furniture. Rattan furniture was primarily used outdoors, but its unique texture has made its way into every room in our homes, from the bedroom (with the Lana bed frame) to the dining room (with the Hex dining table.)
Unfortunately, natural rattan suffers from many inconveniences, particularly when it comes to maintenance. When humid, rattan tends to trap moisture in its weaves, causing mould and mildew. In addition, rattan may lose its warm colour when left in the sun. Therefore, we prefer to use high-quality faux rattan for our furniture, including the intricate details of the Kona collection. This is because it combines the elegant look of rattan with ease of maintenance, more adapted for our busy lifestyles.
How to Care for Rattan Furniture
Although rattan furniture was initially designed for outdoor use, heat and humidity take a major toll. If you have rattan furniture outside, make sure that it stays dry and protect it with a cover when not in use.
The grooves and crevices of rattan furniture tend to trap dirt where it accumulates. The best way to keep your rattan clean is to stay on top of regular maintenance by cleaning the woven parts weekly. To do this, use a soft brush or a vacuum’s upholstery brush. You may want to use an old toothbrush to reach places that are more difficult to reach.
If you spill something, clean it immediately. Sticky or dark-coloured liquids are more likely to leave a residue or stain when they dry, and the woven texture of rattan can make it challenging to clean perfectly once it has settled.
Once a month, clean your rattan furniture using mild soapy water and dry it immediately with a lint-free cloth.
Keep your rattan furniture away from direct sunlight to prevent fading.