Rattan, bamboo, seagrass, and water hyacinth are the four main raw materials utilized to produce a rustic and one-of-a-kind aesthetic. Once you’ve got these beautiful items, the next step is to learn how to clean and care for them. It involves not only avoiding dust and mold but also focusing on washing. We understand that this is never an easy process, but don’t worry; we’ve got you covered
FOR BAMBOO & RATTAN
HOW TO MAINTAIN
Avoid direct sun exposure for LONG periods of time
The important rule for protecting handcrafted decorations is to minimize their exposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays. The same energy that causes a sunburn may also bleach or degrade the material of your decorations. The color of rattan and bamboo will get darker than original.
Maintenance is essential for increasing the life of your products. This consists of cleaning and conditioning on a regular basis, as well as spot treatments for stains or scratches. Polish them with mineral oil to preserve the beauty of nature, protect it from drying out, water, steam, and wear-and-tear over time. Moreover, bamboo and rattan are not vulnerable to abrasion, although they are liable to discoloration. As a result, it is preferable to use these goods indoors rather than outdoors.
HOW TO CLEAN
Bamboo and rattan products should be carefully hand washed using a gentle soap or detergent. Harsh chemicals and scratchy scouring brushes should be avoided as they might harm the fibers of your items.
Before storing decorations items, make sure they are totally dry. Wipe them clean with a soft cloth and allow them to air dry. This will assist to avoid mold development and keep your things in good condition.
Cleaning Dusty Decorations
Feel relieved that it is simple to clear off dust and does not alter the appearance of your goods. To do this, brush or vacuum the surface as thoroughly as possible. Alternatively, a light brush can be used to remove the surface.
Step 1: To remove mold-infested things, take them outside. This keeps mold from spreading throughout the house.
Step 2: Wipe the mold surface clean with a cloth. Disinfect parts that have been blackened or weakened by mold. Many household cleansers, such as vinegar, lemon oil, ammonia, and bleach, are effective. Never mix ammonia with bleach because the reaction releases poisonous gasses.
Step 3: Scrub the mold out of the joints and crevices with a toothbrush.
Step 4: Allow the affected part to dry after rinsing it with water. Let the item be sun-dried but just for a limited amount of time. A hairdryer can also be used.
FOR SEAGRASS & WATER HYACINTH
HOW TO MAINTAIN
Avoid long periods of direct sun exposure
The sun’s harmful UV rays also bleach or damage seagrass and water hyacinth goods, as they do with bamboo and rattan materials. To maintain its appeal, keep your decorations indoors and away from direct sunlight.
Avoid getting saturated by all means
Since water hyacinth or seagrass is a natural material with highly desirable hygroscopic capabilities, it will get rapidly mold and lose its stiffness and original form if exposed to excessive moisture. Specifically, when being molded for a long time, the surface layer of water hyacinth or seagrass fibers becomes friable and then rips. Therefore, these items must be thoroughly dried and placed in dry area and avoid getting saturated in long time.
HOW TO CLEAN
The daily care of water hyacinth or seagrass items is as simple as vacuuming with an effective brush suction. The vacuum’s powerful suction sweeps away the fine dirt that builds up between the fibers and on the underlay. Although necessary may not be obvious, frequent and regular vacuuming will extend the life of your items by reducing soil build-up and will aid in the removal of stains produced by spilled liquid accumulations.
Water hyacinth and seagrass are both hygroscopic. That is, they absorb and expel moisture depending on the relative humidity in their immediate surroundings. Although humidity is beneficial to natural fiber, saturation with water can create undesired dimensional changes or mold. As a result, steam cleaning, wet shampooing, or any other procedure involving water saturation is NOT advised!
Wiping with a damp towel or brushing through with a soft-bristled dipped in water is all that is required to clean these goods. Harsh chemicals and scratchy scrubbing brushes should be avoided as they may cause fiber damage. Keep in mind that the product must be entirely dried.
Mold may be removed using the bleach and water mold and mildew removal procedure or a solution of 25% vinegar and 75% water. Vinegar is among the most gentle ones.
Vinegar and bleach generally erase the bad smell, although they aren’t always effective. Therefore, the mixture of hot water and baking soda might be helpful sometimes.
Finally, don’t forget to thoroughly sun-dry the items in order to prevent mold from returning.
HOW TO STORE NATURAL PRODUCTS (FOR WHOLESALER)
First, handcrafted items must be kept out of wet surroundings. For a dry, cold environment, the humidity in the insulation room should be about 30 to 50 percent.
Second, avoid placing them on the floor, against walls, or next to air conditioners; instead, arrange these products on pallets or shelves. Simply include some desiccant packs inside airtight bags, nylon bags, or cartons when storing in bulk.
Thirdly, the warehouse needs to be fumigated to prevent insects from attacking and harming the wholesale items’ structural or aesthetic aspects.