When it comes to beds, there is something extra special and traditional about choosing Rattan. Luxurious, sturdy and long lasting, a rattan bed is the perfect addition to your opulent French bedroom. Whilst the interwoven finish may bring comfort and luxury to your bedroom, you may wonder how to keep your luxury rattan bed clean and well maintained. It may seem like a daunting task, but it is really quite simple – once you know how.  

One of the most common misconceptions regarding rattan furniture is that it’s a high maintenance material, with strict and meticulous care instructions which must be diligently undertaken routinely…this is simply not the case! Rattan bed frames are one of the easiest to clean and maintain, especially when comparing it to some upholstered beds, and even solid wood bed frames. As a lightweight material, it is easy to move around your bedroom to ensure you’re cleaning every nook and cranny and is very straightforward to clean and maintain.

Rattan has been used in creating gorgeous furniture for centuries, first appearing in the United States in the 1850s. Chosen and created for its incredible durability with a dense inner core, it soon became the perfect choice for creating gorgeous furniture and has remained a key material in furniture construction ever since. In later years, intricately woven rattan became synonymous with lavish French interiors, offering a true country feel that would fit beautifully into any cosy gîte or sprawling rural chateaux.

an artisan handweaving rattan together.

It’s extremely hard-wearing and will last for years if cared for and maintained correctly, making your rattan furniture an investment for the future, not just for immediate comfort and style. Our stunning luxury furniture should be cared for with the following tips...

Some items that you may find useful to help clean your new rattan bed frame:

  • A microfibre cloth;
  • The upholstery brush extension of your household hoover;
  • Mild washing liquid;
  • Linseed oil.

Dust Your Bed Frame Regularly

To keep your rattan furniture looking and feeling fresh, ensure you wipe over regularly with a soft cloth – a microfibre cloth will work wonders! Rattan furniture, and particularly rattan beds, can build up with dusts and other fibres really quickly, particularly from bedding. There is no need to use polish on your luxury bed and be sure to never use abrasive creams.

Brush Headboards Gently

In order to remove any dust or dirt, you can gently brush the frame – either with a bristled duster or with the bristle attachment on your vacuum cleaner. It will allow you to get into any hard-to-reach cracks and crevices which come as standard on the elaborate and interwoven rattan design, and this critical process will gather any hidden dust.

Our popular Normandy Rattan Bed, also available with a low footboard.

Don’t Soak Your Rattan Bed

It is important to regularly clean your rattan bed to avoid a build up of mildew, however be sure not to soak your gorgeous bed as this could ruin it. You can use a mild washing liquid with warm water to gently wipe down your bed frame. To prevent the rattan from becoming cracked, we recommend applying boiled linseed oil once a year with a brush. When the furniture stops absorbing the oil, gently buff it clean with a soft cloth. Allow it to dry or harden before using your bed again – this will moisturise and protect the natural rattan fibres, ensuring it lasts much longer.

Rotate Your Furniture

Although it may seem inconvenient, if possible, try to rotate your rattan bed on a regular basis. Rattan fibres are known to fade in strong light, and although this is a natural process, it can begin to look uneven. It is also an exciting opportunity to test new layouts and master your inner Feng Shui – just be sure not to drag your furniture across the floor.

Keep Humidity Levels To An Optimum

Rattan furniture does not fare well in overly dry or excessively moist environments. Try not to put your gorgeous luxury bed near anywhere of excess heat, for example the radiator or fire, as this could warp the wood and dry it out. The same goes for an excess of moisture too. Too much moisture in the air can cause rattan to become brittle and damaged, so be wary of this when deciding where to place your new rattan bed frame.

Rattan offers unlimited luxury and comfort, and when quick and simple steps are completed on a regular basis, you can rest assured that your beautiful new rattan bed will remain reliably sturdy and fabulously gorgeous for years to come. Don’t forget to check out our stunning blankets and bedspreads to pair with your new bed to create a truly cosy finish, as well as carefully selected cushions for added comfort and indulgence.

Georgia's Tip

While it is important to follow these tips, Rattan is actually a really low-maintenance material, and many owners of our rattan beds simply enjoy their well-crafted rattan items.