- Rattan comes in 600 different variants, from these 40 can be used in the production of furniture.
- Rattan replanish in the span of 5 to 7 years – making it an abundant, sustainable resource.
- Rattan contributes to preserve the rainforest, as the plant grows like vines on the trees.
- Rattan absorbs CO2 and generate clear air and produces up to 35 % more oxygen than a tree.
- Unlike bamboo, rattan is not hollow, but solid. It is strong, bendable and very durable. It is perfect for furniture production.
- Rattan is nearly impossible to wear out and lasts for many generations.
- Rattan is easy and environmentally friendly to work with. The rattan stem only needs to be steamed for 10-15 minutes, before it can be formed.
- All furniture from Qubila is handcrafted and weaved, using only few machines in the process.
How to Take Care of Your Furniture
Rattan/Cane furniture is very durable and will only require some regular cleaning to keep it looking beautiful.
It is recommended that a gentle bi-weekly or monthly cleaning is the best way to protect your furniture and keep it looking its best. We recommend vacuuming with a brush attachment to remove dust.
FOR SURFACE CLEANING
Dilute a small amount of dishwashing soap in some warm water. Remove excess bubbles from the top of the water, dampen a cloth and gently wipe the furniture’s surface without getting the wood too wet. Be sure to get into crevices and grooves with a toothbrush or other small soft brush on a periodic basis. Care for stains or other major damage immediately. Use detergent and a cloth to scrub out stains as soon as they occur.
FOR MORE SERIOUS DAMAGE
If you see cracking or splitting of the wood, warmed linseed oil applied to the split will help to heal the crack and return lost moisture to the area. Rattan can easily be touched up with premium wood stains, gloss lacquers or furniture touch up pens, all available from your local home improvement centers.
Place rubber stoppers underneath the legs of the furniture. Keeping a bit of rubber between the wood and the floor will prevent unnecessary damage and splitting of the rattan. Remember to keep the furniture indoors! Although rattan can handle humidity it is not an outdoor furniture and should not be left outside. For best results keep your rattan indoors and preferably out of direct sunlight and the furniture will last long and look better.