How to Clean Rattan Furniture

How to Clean Rattan Furniture

Recently treated yourself – and your garden – to some new rattan furniture? Or perhaps you’re considering buying a rattan coffee table and chair set in time for a new season and you’d like to know how best to maintain it.

Either way, we reckon you will be glad you’ve stumbled upon this, our latest Luxury Rattan blog post: a thorough guide to cleaning rattan furniture. 

The piece contains a host of helpful hints, tips, and tricks to ensure you can keep your chosen furniture in great condition all year round. Read on…

Why is it important to clean rattan garden furniture?

First, rattan garden furniture represents an investment for your outdoor space, so why wouldn’t you want it to look as good as the day you purchased it?

By ensuring you clean rattan often – both quick, regular cleans and deeper cleans – you’ll be prolonging the lifespan of your items, which will mean better value for money for you and your family. It’ll also mean you can enjoy your rattan furniture for much longer – and why wouldn’t you say yes to that?!

How to Clean Your Rattan Furniture: Our Tips for a Quick and Regular Clean

After you’ve had your rattan furniture for some time – or if it has undergone a little daily wear and tear – you’ll want to give it a deep clean. Before then, a quick and regular clean will be all that’s needed to keep your furniture looking pristine. Here’s what to do:

  1. Often, all that’s required is a quick brush down of your furniture with either an old toothbrush or a soft brush from a handheld dustpan and brush set. Try this to remove any dirt or debris in the first instance

  2. Next, you may want to add some water to a soft cloth, before wiping down your furniture gently. This will help remove most of the dirt and debris with relative ease.

When your furniture is ready for a deeper clean, though, we have a step-by-step guide for that too…

How to Clean Your Rattan Furniture: The ‘Deep Clean’

Sometimes, a quicker clean just won’t cut it. Now’s the time to ramp things up a gear, then, and try a deeper rattan furniture clean.

Here’s the steps required to deep clean your rattan furniture:

  1. Taking a handheld vacuum cleaner (the vacuum you use for your car will be perfect), use the brush attachment to remove dust, debris, and soil from your outdoor sofa and chairs

  2. Now, grab a cocktail stick (or even an old toothbrush) to remove any debris that is a little more stubborn. You can also use a cocktail stick or toothbrush to remove any soil from your furniture

  3. If you have a garden hose, now’s the time to use it to wash away that excess soil and debris. A bowl of warm, soapy water will also do the trick; just use the bubbles from your soapy solution – alongside a soft cleaning cloth – to wipe down the surface of your rattan furniture

  4. Now, grab that old toothbrush again and use it to add some bubbles to any nooks or crannies within your rattan furniture

  5. To give your furniture ample opportunity to dry, leave it outside in the sun – or in a well-ventilated area

  6. Et voila…your furniture will now look as good as new!

Cleaning Rattan Accessories: Here’s How

So, you now know how to clean your rattan furniture itself – and what we mean by that is its main frame. What about the cushions, cushion covers, and the tabletop then? That’s providing your rattan furniture comes with extras like those, of course.

Below are some short, step-by-step guides to help you care for every element of your new rattan garden furniture…

How to Clean Rattan Garden Furniture Cushion Covers

You’ve discovered our top tips on cleaning rattan furniture; now, what about the cushions and covers that come with it? Here’s a handy guide to help:

  1. Start by removing the covers from your rattan furniture cushions, placing these in the washing machine on a low cycle. Use a mild cleaning detergent and do this at least once per year. Be careful not to wash the foam inner part of the cushion, though; doing so can lead to a build-up of mould

  2. Once they have been washed, make sure your cushion covers are dry – using a radiator or your airing cupboard before placing the foam inners back inside the covers.

How to Clean Garden Furniture Cushions

You’ve discovered our top tips on cleaning rattan furniture; now, what about the cushions and covers that come with it? Or even the cushions that come with an outdoor sofa set?  Here’s a handy guide to help:

  1. Start by removing the covers from your rattan furniture cushions, placing these in the washing machine on a low cycle. Use a mild cleaning detergent and do this at least once per year. Be careful not to wash the foam inner part of the cushion, though; doing so can lead to a build-up of mould

  2. Once they have been washed, make sure your cushion covers are dry – using a radiator or your airing cupboard before placing the foam inners back inside the covers.

How to Clean Cushions Covers

If your cushion covers are not removable, you can follow the below step-by-step guide to give them a much-needed clean:

  1. Begin by mixing some mild detergent with warm water. Once the solution is soapy, grab a soft brush, dip it into your homemade cleaning product and use it to scrub the cushion itself. Pay close attention to any muddy or stained parts, giving these an extra but gentle scrub

  2. Wipe away any excess water and soap with a soft, wet cloth

  3. Next, pop the cushion in between two dry towels, using these to squeeze any water from the cushions

  4. Now, simply leave the cushions outside in the sun to dry or use your airing cupboard.

How to Clean Rattan Furniture Tabletops

What about your complementing tabletop in your rattan dining set? Is that in need of a wipe down too? 

You don’t need anything fancy to clean your rattan furniture tabletop; some mild dishwashing detergent will do – or even some white vinegar in a spray bottle, or some glass cleaner.

Here’s how to clean your glass tabletop for the best results:

  1. Spray some white vinegar from a spray bottle directly onto a microfibre cloth. You can also use a glass cleaning solution, which you can pick up cheaply from your local supermarket

  2. Then, simply use circular motions to guide the cloth over your tabletop

  3. You can also use mild dishwashing detergent and water, using the same circular motions to remove any stains or marks. Once a month or so, wipe down the underside of your glass table, too; this will help prevent a build-up of grime.

Rattan Furniture Cleaning Essentials: From Frames to Tabletops and Everything in Between

  • A damp cloth

  • A cocktail stick or old toothbrush

  • Regular dishwashing solution

  • A handheld vacuum cleaner

  • A hosepipe

  • A bowl (for adding soapy water)

  • Mild detergent

  • White vinegar and spray bottle

  • Glass cleaning solution. 

What to Avoid When Cleaning Rattan

So, now you know what you can use to clean your rattan furniture; how about what you should steer clear of? Avoid abrasive creams to clean your rattan pieces – and don’t use paint thinners, either. Make sure you always dry furniture well, after using a damp cloth with a mild detergent to clean it.

Rattan Cleaning FAQs

Can I jet wash my rattan furniture?

Jet washing is a great way to free your furniture of any dirt, dust, and grime. Try to use your jet wash, therefore, both at the start and the end of summer, for optimal results.

How do you get grime off rattan furniture?

Our handy cleaning guides (above) will help you remove grime from your furniture, as well as keeping the build-up of grime to a minimum in the future.

Should you oil rattan furniture?

To prolong the life of your rattan furniture, you can oil it once a year. This will stop it become dry and cracked. We recommend using a large paintbrush and some boiled linseed oil on your furniture. Apply it with the brush and wipe away any excess with an old rag or a dry cloth.

Can you leave rattan furniture outside in the winter?

Yes, it is perfectly safe to leave Luxury Rattan furniture outside in the winter.

Can you use bleach on rattan furniture?

Bleach on both natural rattan and synthetic rattan furniture is a no-go, as it can cause cracks and the build-up of dirt. This will damage your garden furniture over time.

How do I clean bird poop off my rattan furniture?

If you notice any bird droppings on your furniture, a damp cloth with some soapy water should remove it. You might also want to use a specialist disinfectant but do your research first and make sure you find a product that is suitable for use on rattan furniture.

Top Tips for Keeping Your Furniture Clean and Improving Its Lifespan

Prevention is better than a cure, as they say. So, if you’ve recently bought some rattan furniture, look after it well and it’ll stand the test of time and save you some serious stress later. Here are our top tips:

  • Place rubber caps or felt pads under each leg to prevent excessive wear and splitting
  • Avoid putting your feet on the furniture, particularly when they are dirty or muddy
  • Try to steer clear of foods and drinks that tend to stain when spilt
  • Clean your furniture as regularly as needed, especially in the summer months, when it has seen the most use
  • Keep pets’ muddy paws away from your furniture, where possible, specifically the fabric cushions.

Check out our garden furniture weatherproofing guide for more information on how to take care of your furniture all year round. 

So, there you have it. When you look after your rattan furniture, your garden will look like it’s been lifted from the pages of a glossy magazine.

If you haven’t already, browse our range of luxury rattan garden furniture on the site and pick out your favourite pieces – just remember to keep them clean if you make that all-important purchase.