The right care for bamboo furniture

Bamboo furniture creates a distinctive, exotic flair. The unique structure, knot structure and the shiny surfaces make bamboo a very unique material. Proper care is essential so that you can enjoy your furniture for a long time, indoors or outdoors.

Bamboo furniture maintenance indoors

How bamboo furniture should be cared for also depends on its location. After all, a bamboo rocking chair in a dry living room is exposed to completely different conditions than a bamboo table in the garden or a bamboo cabinet in the bathroom.

  • Also read - How to build bamboo furniture yourself
  • Also read - varnishing bamboo
  • Also read - The right care for your iron pan

The main factors that should be taken into account when caring for bamboo furniture are:

  • humidity
  • UV radiation
  • mechanical usage influences

If you have a bamboo table on an uncovered terrace or if you set up a privacy fence facing the neighbors, it must above all be protected against moisture and UV radiation. Bathroom furniture made of bamboo, on the other hand, is primarily exposed to permanent moisture and must be protected against moisture damage such as swelling and mold. A dining room table that is used a lot every day benefits from a good surface treatment that protects it from damage caused by mechanical influences.

Which care for which bamboo furniture?

To protect bamboo furniture in the garden or bathroom against moisture, you can either treat it regularly with oil or paint it. Both prevent the formation of rot, mold and graying and create a UV-resistant, water-repellent protective layer.

With the oil care variant, it must be remembered that it has to be repeated over and over again. But the bamboo material retains its breathability and lively appearance. You don't really have to worry that the surface will remain more susceptible to mechanical damage. Because bamboo naturally has an extremely hard texture.

When oiling, you should first wash the surfaces with hot water to open the pores. After that, the material must dry completely. Then apply the oil - either a special bamboo care oil or a native (cold-pressed) cooking oil - in a thin layer and remove any residues after a short exposure time.

If you decide to paint it, the surface of the bamboo is permanently sealed. On the other hand, it also becomes more resistant to mechanical damage, the effects of moisture and solar radiation. Basically, you can use any commercially available polyurethane varnish as the varnish. However, due to the low absorption capacity of the bamboo, it is important to sand the surfaces finely beforehand and apply 2-3 layers of varnish one after the other.