The great thing about natural materials is that aging can’t harm their beauty. To help keep your goods looking fresh for years to come, we have still outlined a few words of advice below:
Abaca pillow covers: Immerse a soft cloth in clear water, wring it out well and remove stains by dabbing it with a damp cloth. Do not wash as the applications may become detached or be damaged by over-watering.
Abaca lamps shades and baskets: Use a vacuum cleaner or hair dryer (on coolest setting) to remove dust gently. Avoid any moisture since the wire may rust or the abaca fibers may discolor or be damaged.
Rattan chairs, mirrors and lamp shades: Fill a bowl with water, add a few drops of dish detergent and stir to agitate until bubbles form on the surface. Dip a soft cloth into the bubbles only (not into the water) and wipe the rattan gently. The slight moisture cleans without over-wetting the rattan, which can cause damage. Use a toothbrush or other soft brush to clean in the cracks and crevices, using the same suds-only cleaning method. To restore dry, cracked or split rattan, apply boiled linseed oil with a brush. When the furniture won’t absorb any more oil, wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Allow it to dry or harden before using the rattan again.