How to clean our outdoor furniture: rattan, wicker or bamboo?

The best way to keep our furniture in perfect condition for many years is by doing very simple periodic maintenance .
The first step is to prevent dust from accumulating on the braiding fibers. To achieve this, all you have to do is vacuum the furniture gently, or, if you don't have a vacuum cleaner, wipe it with a fine, dry or slightly damp cloth that does not leave thread particles, since they could become intertwined between the fibers.
It is very important never to spray them with direct water from the hose or tap. This process favors the growth of fungi and other humidity parasites that would invade our furniture.
If stains appear on rattan furniture, there are three options for you to remove them:
1. With water and detergent. Use hot water and neutral detergent. It is effective as a stain remover on wicker, rattan and bamboo furniture. Rinse a little detergent on top of the stain and gently scrub with a damp cloth or old brush. If the stain remains, you can repeat this step again. To dry, leave it in the open air, avoiding direct sunlight, as it could damage the fibers.
2. With water and salt. Prepare a tablespoon of hot water and add salt to it. Moisten a cloth with the mixture and rub until it is removed. Let it dry in the open air, avoiding direct sun exposure.
3. With water and ammonia. Only for those spots that do not go away with any of the above procedures. Try adding ammonia to the detergent and water mixture and rub with the same cloth. Always follow the grain of the braid to avoid damaging the fiber during this procedure. As in the previous options, let it dry in the open air, avoiding direct sunlight.
Keep in mind that we only recommend washing outdoor furniture with bleach if fungi appear on these natural fibers.