Want to prolong life of your cherished piece of cane furniture? Say goodbye to sagging chairs and broken strands! This blog is your one-stop guide how to maintaining and restoring the beauty and durability of your cane furniture. Uncover easy, actionable tips to clean, restore, and keep your cane furniture for many years to come.
Cane rattan furniture and decor is making a stylish comeback. It’s not the latest trend, and we don’t think this is going to be something that disappears; cane furniture is a classic style that offers a timeless addition to the home.
Cane furniture is often confused with rattan, and although the two come from the same plant, they are different. Rattan is a long, solid stemmed plant that is woven to make furniture whereas cane is the external skin of rattan plants that has been cut down to create furniture.
Cane, used in our cane bentwood chairs range, is significantly less porous than rattan which makes it better for building whole furniture pieces as liquid spills are more easily repelled.
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Keep your cane and rattan furniture in good condition with the following tips:
To ensure longevity, keep cane furniture clean and free of dust, dirt, and grime. Using a mild detergent in warm water, with a soft cloth or a soft bristle brush can help to remove any build up, but be sure to rinse thoroughly allowing it to dry off before its next use.
Due to its delicate nature, over time cane furniture can show signs of wear and tear. If cleaning your cane furniture set hasn’t restored it to its former glory, another method for how to treat cane furniture is applying a furniture oil.
Let’s take a look at some issues with cane furniture that can occur over time, and how to solve them:
Cane has natural elastic properties but eventually, the caned seat will begin to sag with heavy or prolonged use. It is important to tighten the cane or it will begin to wear and break along the inside edge of the seat frame, both on the sides and front and back edges.
Cane seats that are not too badly stretched or that are free of broken strands, can be revived with the following method:
An alternative solution would be to use a spray water bottle and spritz the seat thoroughly with warm water, then let the seat dry overnight and as it dries the cane will shrink and pull tightly once again. Allow 48 hours for the cane to fully dry before using again.
This tightening process is most effective when used regularly within the first five years of recaning and won't work at all if there are several broken strands. Using this preventative method three or four times a year should be sufficient to help prolong the life of your cane seat chair for many years.
Loose strands can occur due to the natural material and delicate make up of cane furniture. You can try repairing cane furniture using the following method:
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The use of a chair pad or cushion is encouraged. This especially pertains to large cane chairs with a seat diameter of greater than 14 inches. Cushion will distribute the weight evenly and take the pressure off the individual strands of cane, thus making them last longer. Distribute the weight evenly on the seat. A cane seat is intended to take evenly distributed weight of the person sitting on the seat, not concentrated weight, like a knee or foot.
While cane furniture can be used outdoors, it's crucial to protect it from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and rain. Using it in covered patios or porches and bringing it indoors during inclement weather will prolong its life.
Regular cleaning is essential. Gently dust the cane once a week and occasionally wipe it with a damp cloth to prevent dirt build-up. Ensure the chair dries thoroughly after cleaning.
Yes, with age, cane can naturally darken due to environmental factors and usage. To minimise discoloration, avoid placing it in direct sunlight and clean it regularly.
Minor cracks can sometimes be repaired, but if the damage is significant, it might be best to seek professional re-caning services or consider replacing the seat.
Yes, but be cautious. Whilst paint might seem like a good way of rejuvenating cane furniture, it can seal the cane's pores, making it less breathable. If you decide to paint or varnish, ensure you use products specifically meant for cane or wicker furniture.
The use of a chair pad or cushion is encouraged. This especially pertains to large cane chairs with a seat diameter of greater than 14 inches. Cushion will distribute the weight evenly and take the pressure off the individual strands of cane, thus making them last longer.
Distribute the weight evenly on the seat. A cane seat is intended to take evenly distributed weight of the person sitting on the seat, not concentrated weight, like a knee or foot. So NEVER kneel on a cane seat or use it as a ladder or step stool. Doing so will cause the cane strands to break and the seat will need to be rewoven prematurely.
If you’re looking to invest in a lovely piece of caned furniture – or maybe an entire collection for your house this season, look no further. We are sure these pieces will become classics coveted 50 years from now.
The pieces’ caned surface allows light and air to flow through the furniture while casting fine patterned shade across the furnished space.
Cane furniture encapsulates a perfect blend of timeless elegance and current design trends. Cane rattan is so versatile – it can be used for making furniture, mirrors, chairs, bed headboards and lampshades to name but a few. It can look stunning when used together in various shapes and forms.
Its resurgence in popularity brings with it the need to understand its care and preservation. Despite its delicate nature, with the right knowledge, you can ensure its longevity and maintain its charm for many years to come. Understanding the way to clean it as well as how to store it is integral to ensure the longevity of this beautiful furniture style.
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