Rattan chairs are made from rattan canes or vines, a species of palm that is very similar to bamboo. Because it is relatively inexpensive, lightweight, extremely durable and has an exotic aesthetic, rattan is a popular choice for home décor. It is flexible enough for both indoor and outdoor use. Most rattan chairs needs only basic cleaning and care to preserve its natural strength and color. Here are several ways to caring rattan chairs. Clean the surface regularly. A monthly or even weekly cleaning is the best way to protect your rattan chairs 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 chair’s surface without getting the wood wet. Be sure to get into crevices and grooves with a toothbrush or other small brush. Care for stains or other major damage immediately. Use detergent and a cloth to scrub out stains as soon as they occur.
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 chairs 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 rattan chairs. Keeping a bit of rubber between the wood and the floor will prevent unnecessary damage and splitting of the rattan.