Product care - mesh furniture
rattan furniture vs. wicker furniture many people tend to believe …
rattan furniture vs. wicker furniture
many people tend to believe that wicker furniture and rattan furniture are one and the same. as a result, the terms are often used interchangeably to address outdoor/indoor furniture commonly sold.
fact: wicker and rattan furniture fall under the same category but there is a remarkable difference between the two.
rattan is one of the raw material used in making furniture.
wicker is an ancient technique used to manufacture items (mainly furniture) out of natural materials, such as rattan, willow, bamboo, straw and more.
rattan is a specific material, hence rattan furniture is crafted out of rattan only, but wicker furniture may be crafted out of different materials such as bamboo, straw and even rattan. recently, synthetic materials are also being used for manufacturing wicker furniture.
unlike bamboo pole, rattan boasts a strong core and is thus durable and hard to break. the solid core of rattan along with vertical grains is harvested and cut into smaller sections and then steamed to give varied shapes. the outside skin of the rattan pole, which is the peel, is generally used to bind the furniture joints together.
many rattan products are manufactured without peeling and thus making the process of manufacturing significantly cheaper and inconsistent.
process of peeling + use of best grade rattan – tohiti rattan – makes a superior quality rattan furniture, which is common for every single rattan product in mesh furniture range.
in terms of versatility and durability, rattan furniture scores much more than wicker furniture. rattan features a solid core and is available in an array of natural colours.
wicker furniture, on the other hand, may or may not be strong as it varies with the material used for manufacturing wicker furniture.
indoor vs. outdoor use:
natural rattan furniture is certain to fade if exposed to sunlight. as a result, it is preferred for indoor use only. on the other hand, wicker furniture made from synthetic material is not known to fade when exposed to sunlight. hence, they can be used indoors as well as outdoors.
as one would with any furniture, please refrain from using rope, rattan and wicker furniture other than what it has been specified for.
since rattan furniture will fade when exposed to sunlight, please ensure it is only used indoor or outdoor under cover with no direct exposure to water, rain and sunlight.
for any liquid spill on furniture, please wipe it off immediately with a clean damp cloth. do not use any cleaning liquid / chemical as it may react with rattan.
as our entire range of wicker & rope furniture is hand-woven, it may loosen with use and time. hence, please ensure furniture is handled gently with care.
furniture with metal frame (powder-coated or not) are also subject to fading and rusting if prolonged to continuous exposure to water elements.
please wipe off dry any water off metal surface and keep rotating / moving furniture in order to avoid hidden water / moisture trapped underneath feet of metal frames developing rust.
it is also advisable to leave all wicker as well as metal frame furniture turned upside down and exposed to sun for a short period of time (recommended 2 – 3 hours once every 2-3 weeks).
this assists in drying up of moisture on overall furniture.
if you are unsure or have any questions with regards to your furniture, please contact us via email.