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Written by Gemma on December 11, 2020

Rattan Furniture Set: How To Care For The Natural Material

Rattan furniture is the trendy sibling of wooden furniture. It is filigree and yet robust, elegant but not pompous. There has long been more furniture made from this natural material than just the classic, semicircular, curved shelf, from beds to cupboards to chic lounge furniture. But how do you choose the right piece? Come let’s find out the right rattan furniture set

Sustainable Living With Rattan Furniture Set

For a long time, the rattan furniture set was literally a dusty furnishing style. Often mainly found among fans of Asia. But more and more people are recognizing the advantages of the comparatively rapidly renewable raw material and relying on rattan for sofas, tables, chests of drawers, and decorative items. 

It is lighter than wood and therefore easier to move or stow. Also makes it an interesting material for winter garden, balcony, and terrace furniture. 

Natural, only waxed, rattan furniture set gives the room a cozy, but not overloaded atmosphere. They captivate, especially in comparison to the traditional German oak cupboard with their reserved presence. It allows air to breathe in the room. 

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How Do You Recognize Good Quality In Rattan?

Most of the rattan furniture is made by hand. The better the initial quality of the raw material and the more complex the woven structure of the piece of furniture. Good rattan furniture set costs more than glued chipboard products from the department store. 

Make sure that your rattan furniture set has been connected with wooden dowels and tenons. This is an important quality feature. It is better to keep your hands off furniture with iron nails. These can rust quickly and make your new armchair not only unsightly, but also dangerously porous.

Natural Material Versus Plastic

You can buy a real rattan furniture set made from the natural material rattan or rattan, and so-called polyrattan, an artificial variant made of polyethylene. If you choose the plastic variant, you should also choose the more expensive version like the Vilo and Hularo plastics, which are free of harmful substances and recyclable. 

Proper Care For Rattan

Rattan is an easy-care material. The only challenge in maintaining the rattan furniture set is the right amount of water. Too much of the natural material softens and it decomposes and too little, it dries up, begins to creak and tears open. It is therefore important to always clean with damp, not too wet clothes.

Rattan furniture sets are made from both natural and synthetic rattan. It should be vacuumed regularly to remove dust, crumbs, and lint from clothing. If you use the furniture on the terrace or balcony, you should do this more often, especially in spring. Because pollen and flowers easily settle in the wattle. 

The sofa brush attachment of the vacuum cleaner is best for cleaning. Alternatively, you can get rid of the dirt with a soft, dry cloth and a toothbrush or paintbrush. Robust poly rattan furniture can also be cleaned with compressed air.

Then it is advisable to clean the furniture with a mix of warm water and mild soap with a lint-free cloth. Wipe with a cleaning cloth soaked with water to eliminate any soap deposit. Remember: waterlogging is not good for rattan. Let the rattan furniture set dry well. But: Do not blow-dry, because warm air helps the natural material to dry out and crack.

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