How to Get a Musty Smell Out of Rattan Furniture

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How to Get a Musty Smell Out of Rattan Furniture
Mildew spores cause musty odours in rattan furniture. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Rattan is a type of woven wooden furniture, similar to wicker. When it's exposed to damp conditions, mould and mildew spores develop, causing a musty smell. To get rid of the odour, you must get rid of the fungus. Mold and mildew removal supplies and techniques remove microscopic odour-causing spores.

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Things you need

  • Vacuum
  • Bucket
  • Disinfectant cleaner
  • Soft-bristled scrub brush
  • Clean cloths
  • Baking soda

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  1. 1

    Vacuum the rattan furniture to remove mould and mildew spores from the surface. Use the upholstery attachment to get into grooves and woven areas of the furniture. Throw away the used vacuum bag to prevent fungus from transferring to other surfaces.

  2. 2

    Mix two capfuls of disinfectant cleaner and 1 gallon of warm water in a bucket. Dip a soft-bristled scrub brush into the solution and scrub all surfaces of the furniture. Rinse the scrub brush frequently and continue to scrub the rattan.

    How to Get a Musty Smell Out of Rattan Furniture
    A scrub brush allows you to get into the woven areas of rattan furniture. (scrubbing the blues image by emmepi from
  3. 3

    Wet clean cloths with plain water and rinse the disinfectant cleaner off the rattan. Place the furniture in direct sunlight to speed up drying and to kill any remaining mould and mildew spores.

    How to Get a Musty Smell Out of Rattan Furniture
    Remove musty odours with fresh air and sunshine. (sun rays from under cloud covering the sun blue sky background image by Alx from
  4. 4

    Sprinkle baking soda over the rattan furniture to absorb any remaining musty odour. Leave the powder on the furniture overnight. Remove the baking soda with the vacuum.

Tips and warnings

  • Dry off outdoor rattan furniture after a rain or place it in the sun to prevent mould and mildew growth.
  • Remove cushions from outdoor rattan furniture when not in use so moisture isn't trapped in the cushions.
  • Dust or vacuum rattan furniture regularly.

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