How to Clean and Care for Rattan Furniture

  • It‘s the season of food and drinks out in the garden! But before cracking open a few cold ones, ensure that your guests are pampered with clean outdoor Modern Leisure Chair . This article outlines the best practices to keep your patio furniture looking new, both during summer and off-season.

    What you will need to clean your rattan patio furniture?

    -A bucket of warm water (about 1 gallon in size)

    -Soft brush

    -Dishwashing liquid

    -Water hose with running water

    If you use a brush that is not rattan friendly (not soft enough) you will do damage to your furniture. You can find my favorite brush to do the job HERE.

    Also, I would personally never use a pressure washer when it comes to cleaning rattan furniture. It might be okay to use it for cleaning other wicker furniture that is made out of synthetic materials but original rattan is just too delicate to be cleaned that way.

    Once you have all the things that you need it is now time to start the process. Are you ready? Let’s go!

    Clean the surface regularly. A monthly or even weekly cleaning is the best way to protect your rattan furniture and prevent major damage. Clean with a little dishwashing detergent diluted into water. Skim the suds off the top of the water with a soft cloth and then wipe the furniture's surface without getting the wood wet. Be sure to get into crevices and grooves with a toothbrush or other small brush.

    Keep the furniture indoors. While rattan certainly likes humidity, it is not outdoor furniture. Keep your rattan indoors and preferably out of direct sunlight and the furniture will last long and look better.

    Care for stains or other major damage immediately. Use detergent and a cloth to scrub out stains as soon as they occur. For more serious damage like cracking or splitting of the wood, try boiled linseed oil to put moisture back into the material. For the real tough stuff, contact a rattan or wicker expert who can care for the wood with expertise.

    Do a major cleaning once a year. A thorough cleaning will take care of dirt buildup and will also prevent further damage. Scrub the rattan with detergent, using slightly more water than you use for the weekly cleaning. Then, dry the wood as quickly as possible, using a hair dryer or setting the furniture in the sun. Finally, apply a coat of shellac or lacquer to seal the wood until the next year's cleaning.

    Place rubber stoppers underneath the legs of the furniture. Keeping a bit of rubber between the wood and the floor will prevent unnecessary damage and splitting of the rattan.


    An effective all-purpose cleaning solution for outdoor wicker furniture is 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap and two cups of warm water. Wipe the wicker with a soft cloth or sponge, then rinse away the soapy suds with a garden hose. For mold and mildew removal, add one cup of white vinegar to the solution.

    For tough dirt and stains, use the same solution in combination with a soft brush; an old toothbrush will help you get into the nooks and crannies. Afterward, make sure to rinse thoroughly with plain water and dry thoroughly.

    When outdoor wicker is extremely dirty, use a handheld steam cleaner (view example on Amazon). Once you’ve steam-cleaned the entire piece, dry it thoroughly with a hair dryer (otherwise, the wicker may bend or become deformed). For the very best results, steam-clean wicker furniture on a sunny, windy day to ensure quick drying.

    These are just a few simple steps in caring for your Garden Lounge Set . If followed correctly, these can help you to protect your rattan and ensure that it stays in great shape for a long time, you can click to learn more, Insharefurniture is an ideal choice for your garden, home and office.