How to clean rattan furniture properly

10th June 2017

You will need:
  • Washing Up Liquid
  • Tepid Water
  • Soft-ish cloth
  • Bucket
  • Soft brush i.e Toothbrush
  • (Boiled) Linseed Oil
  • Lacquer
  • Paintbrush
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Steps to Clean Rattan Furniture:
  1. Fill a Bucket with tepid water. Add a small amount of washing up liquid and stir to create bubbles.
  2. Use a soft cloth to dip into the bubbles. Do not dip into the water.
  3. Wipe your rattan with the soft cloth and bubbles. The small amount of moisture cleans without making the rattan sodden.
  4. Use your soft brush to clean within the crevasses of the weave. Ensure you are still only using the suds not the water.
  5. Repeat monthly for the best results.
To revitalise dry, split or cracked rattan
  1. Apply boiled linseed oil with a soft brush.
  2. Once the rattan will not absorb any more oil, wipe excess with a soft dry cloth.
  3. Allow the rattan to dry and harden before using the rattan again.
For a more extensive cleaning, i.e to remove stains.
  1. Apply the washing up liquid and scrub with more water than you would for the routine cleaning.
  2. Once you have removed the stain, use a hair dryer to dry the rattan or set out in the sun.
  3. Once the rattan has fully dried, use a coat of lacquer to provide an added protection.
  4. Repeat as required.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Although you may have bought your rattan for outdoors, it is always best to store them in a dry, cool aerated environment.
  • Always use rubber stoppers under the feet of rattan. This will help prevent any cracks or split in the material.
  • Ensure you used boiled linseed oil. Raw linseed oil will not dry or harden on your rattan furniture. You do not boil the oil yourself, you can buy it at most hardware store, such as this.

If you are still struggling, view the handy guide below.

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