Can Bamboo Furniture Be Kept Outside?

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Can Bamboo Furniture Be Kept Outside?
Bamboo (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of みゆき)

Bamboo is a durable plant that can be used to make different types of furniture. If your furniture is made out of bamboo, however, it should not be kept outside.

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Types

Bamboo furniture falls under the category of wicker furniture, according to Tribuneindia.com. "Wicker" refers to vines, grasses and plants that are woven into furniture. There are four major types of wicker: rattan, reed, willow and bamboo.

Warning

Bamboo furniture likes humidity, but rain, direct sun, dew and dry heat will damage it. Dry indoor heat dries wicker, which can cause it to crackle and creak under pressure, according to NaturalHandyMan.com. Wipe it occasionally with a damp--not wet--sponge. This may help.

Fun Fact

Bamboo is the tallest and fastest growing grass in the world, according to Tribuneindia.com.

Features

Bamboo is hard and strong. It does not shrink and swell, making it comparable to teak as a sturdy furniture product.

Protection

Use a coat of clear varnish, shellac or lacquer to protect bamboo furniture and give it a shine.

Cleaning

Bamboo furniture needs a thorough cleaning once a year. Use a vacuum to remove dust. Use a sponge to scrub your furniture with a detergent and water mixture. Rinse the furniture and dry it quickly. Clean painted bamboo the same way you would clean painted wood. Do not wet the painted wood, because it may crack or peel.

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