Rattan: a brief history, and how to clean yours

Rattan is an incredible natural material and one of the most sustainable in the world. It’s a type of palm tree native to tropical regions that replenishes itself every 5-7 years (faster than wood) and can last a lifetime. It even requires less energy and water to produce, compared to materials like wood or plastic. 

A Brief History

 It has been used for centuries in the production of furniture and home decor due to its durability, flexibility, and beauty. But although incredibly sturdy and long-lasting, it needs care and a bit of pampering every now and then. Here are three simple tips on cleaning, maintaining and making your rattan furniture and accessories last for years.

How to clean it?

- Regular Dusting: Use a soft cloth or, better yet, a feather duster to penetrate complex weaves and get rid of even the minutest dust specks.

- Use Gentle Soap. For a deeper clean, use a soft-bristled brush (like a toothbrush) and mild soapy water to gently scrub away grime and avoid excessive water to prevent soaking the wood. Always dry thoroughly after cleaning. Because rattan is a natural material, keeping it damp may lead to the growth of mould or mildew. 

- Keep Away from Direct Sunlight for prolonged periods. Like most other furniture, rattan can fade under continuous, direct sunlight. Place your rattan furniture in a shaded area to prevent fading and remember to revitalise your rattan pieces once a year. We love using linseed or lemon oil applied with a soft cloth to restore their natural sheen.  

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