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Caring for your 'cane furniture'

Cane furniture was made in Indonesia in the early 2nd century AD. It was also known in China and was imported by East India Company in Europe. Since then, cane furniture became fashionable in Netherlands and England towards the end of 17th century. It can be described as furniture where a mesh of split frames has been stretched over parts of its framework, mainly on the seats and back of chairs.

It is important to note that cane furniture is a natural product. This means that it will be subject to variations in color and shades – these are the unique characteristics that make every item different. Maybe you will notice that your furniture might creak slightly at times. These are not flaws, but a part of its natural beauty.

If you have recently purchased cane furniture, the natural thing to do is to protect your investment to sustain several years of enjoyment. Here are some useful tips to ensure your furniture’s longevity:

· If your cane furniture is placed in a conservatory, it is recommended that you periodically move it around so that all the areas have equal sun exposure. You may also install blinds or throw pillows to reduce sun exposure.
· Wipe your furniture with a soft and slightly damp cloth. You can use an occasional polish to help keep the cane look its best. However, do not use abrasive creams, thinners, and benzene.
· Do not drag the furniture when moving it because this will split the cane. Please ensure that you lift it as you move it.
· Turn your cushions regularly so that the sun fading of the fabric will be even.
· Do not store your cane furniture in wet areas or high humidity areas where mildew and mold might form. Examples are crawl spaces or basements where it can’t get adequate air circulation.
· If you notice mildew or mold growing on your furniture, you should use a strong bleach solution in warm soapy water, and then rinse it well. Let it dry outdoors in a warm and windy day or in the sunshine. Just be careful not to spill your bleach solution on any of your cane furniture’s surrounding wooden frame.

· If you notice a hole becoming bigger or a few broken strands, you can place a padded cushion over your seat so that you can extend its use for months or years.

With reasonable attention, care, and use, your cane furniture will be able to last for around 5-25 years.
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