Bamboo Stands The Test Of Time

Bambooserie chairs circa 1960 above have a grass green lacquered finish with silk upholstered seats. Available through Fat Chance. 500x499 Bamboo Stands The Test Of TimeBambooserie chairs, circa 1960 above, have a grass-green lacquered finish with silk upholstered seats. Available through Fat Chance.

Bamboo furniture looks great when you first buy it – and will continue to do so as long as it’s well looked after. It adds cool to any home setting in more ways than one; it always looks stylish and it’s a particularly good addition to a home anywhere where the summers are particularly warm as it has a cooling effect and feel on a house. For example, bedrooms with a bamboo chest of drawers and a matching bed, or airy living rooms with bamboo sofas and coffee tables, and bamboo dining tables and sideboards can all look superb in the right kind of setting.

But it does need to be cared for properly to look its best. This needn’t be an onerous task; in fact, bamboo is very durable and easy to look after if you do it properly. So here’s how to do just that…

First off, add a few drops of a mild dishwashing detergent to a bucket of warm water. Don’t use any product which is too harsh, and make sure the one you do use is very diluted.

Soak a cloth in the warm water and wash the bamboo furniture with it. Now rinse it using a clean soap-free damp cloth and allow your bamboo furniture to fully air dry. Next, apply furniture oil that is specifically designed for use with bamboo furniture. This helps protect your bamboo and ensures it will flex rather than crack – as well as giving all your bamboo furniture a beautiful lustre.

If your bamboo furniture is intended for outdoor use, simply follow the same steps as above, but look carefully for any small cracks in the bamboo, particularly along the barrel of the stalk and along the joins. If you find cracks, sand them down carefully with a fine grain sandpaper and rub down the cracks with paste wax before applying a specialist outdoor sealer.

If your indoor or outdoor bamboo furniture is particularly dirty, follow the same steps as above, but add four teaspoons of ammonia to your (gallon) bucket of water and use a sponge soaked in the solution to wash off the dirt, before rinsing it with cool water. By following these simple steps, your bamboo furnishings should look as cool as they do today - many years from now.

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  • Kim

    I have a vintage bamboo Chippendale chair and I love it! Bamboo is great and has fit into different style trends and morphed with my decor over the past 12-15 years from Asian decor to Hollywood Regency!