Rattan, utilized to construct wicker things like furniture, isn’t intended to withstand excessive moisture; it is a dried plant fiber and might stretch or break down under moist conditions. Even so, there’s still hope for this wet rattan patio set left outside in a rain. The key to ensuring the rattan keeps its shape is to avoid putting anything in or on it for at least a day or two outside when you think it is dry.
Wicking Off Water
If the rattan is soaking wet, removing the moisture as thoroughly and quickly as possible helps prevent damage such as cracked paint or sagging, limp fibers. Absorbent towels pressed lightly on each side of the rattan, like both sides of a chair seat or a wall on a storage basket, will transfer some of the moisture from the rattan into the towels. Press softly and evenly so that the braid’s shape does not distort at all during this process, or it might stay misshapen. Continue until you have absorbed as much water as possible.
An Air Relief
A hair dryer set on low heat, proceeded softly over the rattan object, helps dry out wet places. Transfer the hair dryer around every five or 10 minutes to avoid overdrying the rattan fibers, as they may become brittle. If circumstances permit, set the rattan outside during dry weather and let it sit for at least a day, or several days if the weather permits. If unable to atmosphere the rattan outdoors, set it in a nonhumid room using a ceiling fan or portable fan turned on but not blowing directly on the piece. The air flow will help the piece dry more quickly than in a space with no fan.
Solution for Sag
If a person sat on a rattan chair while it was still moist, that seat can have a example of the sags. Flip the chair over and put a moist cloth over the entire sagging area with no fabric touching the chair frame, if the frame is made from cane or natural materials. Permit the fabric to wash in place for 12 hours or so. If the sag is still clear, then repeat the process again. Place the chair upright and permit it to dry for many days before using it.
Musty Odors and Mildew
If the rattan is moist for a little while, or kept in moist conditions without adequate air flow, it might create a musty odor, indicating mold or mildew. Wipe tiny specks of mould and mildew off using a mixture of equal parts water and bleach applied with a soft-bristled brush like a toothbrush. The bleach water may be used to wash down the whole piece too, followed by a cloth dipped in clean water. Don’t saturate the rattan during the cleaning process, as excess moisture may lead to the identical issue. Dry the rattan using a towel, then let it air dry completely.