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Acacia Wood

Acacia Wood is known commonly with the name of Babul & Kikar. It is a very durable and dense hardwood which has a rich and colourful grain. Acacia is a fast-growing hardwood, sourced from sustainable, FSC certified plantations. Being a hardwood, the furniture can deal with the stresses and strains of everyday use and still look incredible!

Care

Use a clean, lint-free, absorbent cloth for general dusting. Avoid using water on the surfaces to clean. Use furniture polish or a furniture oil such as lemon oil to clean. Use coasters or mats to prevent marking caused by hot mugs or plates. Minimize contact with heat from direct sunlight or radiators to reduce the possibility of the wood shrinking or drying out and cracking.

Mahogany

Mahogany with its fine grain and reddish colour is as durable as it is stunning. Much of the fine quality furniture made in mid 18th century North America featured this spectacular wood.

Care

Use a clean, lint-free, absorbent cloth for general dusting. Avoid using water on the surfaces to clean. Use furniture polish or a furniture oil such as lemon oil to clean. Use coasters or mats to prevent marking caused by hot mugs or plates. Minimize contact with heat from direct sunlight or radiators to reduce the possibility of the wood shrinking or drying out and cracking.

Mango Wood

A hardwood, our 100% plantation grown mango wood has a dynamic grain pattern that has within it diverse colours and shades. This dense and colourful wood creates furniture that exhibits grain variations unlike any other, form a multitude of browns to shades of yellow. By cutting form various directions the furniture appears to have many different grain textures, looking at times like mahogany, oak, or teak.

Care

Use a clean, lint-free, absorbent cloth for general dusting. Avoid using water or any products containing alcohol on the surfaces to clean. Use furniture polish or a furniture oil such as lemon oil to clean. Use coasters or mats to prevent marking caused by hot mugs or plates. Minimize contact with heat from direct sunlight, fire places and/or radiators to reduce the possibility of the wood shrinking or drying out and cracking. The use of a humidifier is beneficial when mango wood furniture is used in very dry conditions. Should your mango wood become scratched or if an area on the furniture appears sun bleached, use a Minwax touch up marker or pen in the correct stain colour which is available specifically for this purpose.

MDF

MDF is an acronym for medium density fiberboard which is also known as particleboard. MDF is used throughout the furniture and construction industry as an affordable alternative to everything from countertops, cupboards, furniture and wall boards. MDF is a manmade material made from glue and sawdust. The product has a weight and strength similar to real wood. MDF is usually glued as the method of joinery. Screws and nails do not grip the material well and cannot be replaced, so care must be taken when moving the finished products. MDF furniture can absorb moisture due to the composition of the product. Avoid using MDF furniture in moist or damp rooms to prevent warping. MDF furniture should be used and moved with more care than solid wood when used as a decorating piece.

Care

To clean MDF furniture wipe with a damp cloth. Avoid excessive moisture to prevent warping of any MDF laminate veneer. Avoid damage to the products as there is no sanding or repair to missing particleboard. MDF cannot be refinished like real wood, so use care in placing objects on the surface which could mark or burn the finish.

Teak

Natural teak is new wood harvested from plantations. Teak is typically used outside on decks, patios and ships. The finishing process for natural outdoor teak is typically an oil stain applied before being sold. The silver grey finish of natural weathered teak is the result of natural bleaching from the weather elements. Minor imperfections and discolouring in the finished products are perfectly normal with furniture constructed with environmentally responsible raw materials. Outside teak furniture pieces are often designed to fold or stack in much less space at the end of the season. Special weather resistant outdoor cushions for outdoor teak furniture are sold separately at Wicker Emporium stores.

Care

Outdoor teak will attain a beautiful silver patina when left to weather naturally. To preserve the golden colour of teak it is recommended that each piece be treated with high quality teak restoration oil two times a year. Teak oil helps to resist normal weathering and mildew growth. Indoor teak furniture pieces which are finished with shellacs and waxes are not meant to be used outside. Teak should be cleaned using products specifically designed for teak wood which can be purchased at selected hardware and patio furniture stores.

Rattan Core

Rattan, sometimes referred to as cane, is a strong solid wood, not be confused with bamboo, which looks similar, but is a hollow reed from the grass family. Rattan can be cut into fine strips which can then be woven into cane seating or steamed and bent for furniture frames. Hundreds of species of rattan grow in Southeast Asia, China and Indonesia. Rattan grows like a vine in lengths of up to 500 feet, and the pithy, or solid interior is used for furniture construction. The bark is cut into strips and used for seats and wickerwork. Rattan can vary in diameter from ¼” which is referred to as rattan core, up to 3” which is referred to as solid rattan. The finish or appearance may be natural, bleached, stained or a painted finish.

Care

Rattan can be cleaned with a mild soap and water if soiled. When mold is evident caused by extreme dampness, sponge the item using a gallon of warm soapy water with ¼ cup of bleach added. Rattan can be stained any colour when still in the natural bleached state, or can be painted if desired using a brush or spray paint. Painted rattan usually requires a freshening up yearly. Apply a fresh coat of latex spray paint in the finish desired as needed. Rattan strips are used to wrap furniture legs to conceal any nails used in the construction. Re-wrap loose or missing rattan peel bindings using a roll of rattan peel which is sold in most craft shops. Rattan is woven while wet to ensure that the fiber is flexible. Soak the flat reed before using. Rattan peel decorative bindings are sometimes replaced with flat shoelace leather in the appropriate colour for durability. Avoid leaving rattan exposed to the weather year long to maintain the existing or original finish and to prevent the nails used in construction from weathering.

Crocodile Rattan

Crocodile rattan furniture is made of solid rattan vine wood which has the original outer skin with the beautiful tone imitating a crocodile left intact. Crocodile rattan can be woven using the full thickness of the wood or the wood can sometimes be split. All rattan is bent into shape by steaming until the reeds become pliable. The colour of crocodile rattan will vary from natural deep rich tones which imitate a crocodile skin to bleached natural tones.

Care

Care for Croco rattan as for solid rattan furniture. Rattan enjoys moisture and can be used outside during summer months. Clean Croco rattan with a garden hose or a shower when soiled. Avoid leaving your rattan in constant moisture or rain as the nails and screws used in the joinery of the wood frame will rust and affect the stability of the frame over time. Use seat cushions to evenly distribute weight and added comfort.

Reclaimed Oak

The term oak is the common name which refers to any of several hundred species of wood native to North America and Asia. Oak is a versatile hard wood used in the construction industry to produce floors and furniture. Reclaimed oak is sourced from long standing idle buildings including homes warehouses and factories. Reclaimed wood has a tight grain pattern due to the fact that the lumber has been exposed to changes in humidity for many years and is naturally dry.

Care

Reclaimed lumber has a beautiful tone or patina that only comes with age. Dust using a dry cloth or enhance the colour using good quality furniture polish or furniture oil. . Avoid using water on the surfaces to clean. Use The wood surface finish will include wood plugs, inserts of wood and fillings in spots where previously large nails were used or where damaged surfaces were carefully replaced and filled to add character and a sense of history to each piece.

Reclaimed Pine

Our reclaimed pine furniture is constructed out of unwanted material that is recycled and re-purposed for furnishings. As well as being a very sustainable and eco-friendly practice, the wood itself is imbibed with a rustic warmth and texture not found in furniture made with wood collected from tree logs. The unique imperfections showcase the previous life of the wood and are a desired esthetic of reclaimed wood furnishings. Unlike many smoother finishes, you will find that the superficial blemishes, dents, and scratches that come with regular use will hide easily or perhaps even enhance the look of your reclaimed pine. Each piece is polished by hand with high quality environmentally friendly oils to create the unique aged patina.

Care

Pine is an indoor furniture wood which is easily cared for. Wipe the wood with the direction of the grain with a furniture oil or polish to clean. Avoid excessively damp environments which may promote warping of the wood. Pine can be left natural to acquire a rich dark golden patina over time to expose the natural grain and knots in the wood. Pine can be sealed and finished with varnish, paint, wax, or oils as preferred.

Sheesham Wood

Also known as Indian Rose Wood, Sheesham is a beautiful, durable, and dense hardwood which has a dramatic grain full of vibrant colours. Sheesham wood comes from sustainable forests and is cut when the tree is approximately 100 years old. After cutting it is then matured and dried before being transformed. Sheesham furnishings will last a lifetime, continuing to look beautiful even after all the knocks and bumps that come from regular use. Sheesham will also resist cracking because of the woods naturally occurring high oil content.

Care

From time to time the furniture will need to be waxed. This should be done using a soft cloth and beeswax, which you should then buff using a soft lint-free cloth. Always work in the direction of the grain, and do not use silicon-based sprays or polish. Although our furniture is dry-kilned and treated, we advise you not to place anything hot or wet directly onto the surface as staining may occur, so try to use protective mats or coasters. Should you spill any food or liquid on the wood, wipe it off immediately with a dry cloth. If the wood becomes marked, gently rub it down with extra fine wire wool in the direction of the grain, and restore the finish using beeswax. Position your furniture away from direct sunlight and heat. This will protect the wood from fading, and help avoid any cracking and movement in the joints.

Elm Wood

Elm is an important wood used in the construction of Chinese reproduction furniture. Elm wood is moderately hard and is used for furniture, wheels, keels & bilge planks on ships. Elm wood is a durable, strong wood which is a living product, therefore wood furniture will breathe in response to changes in the atmosphere and exist for generations to come when cared for.

Care

Use a clean, lint-free, absorbent cloth for general dusting. Avoid using water on the surfaces to clean. Use furniture polish or a furniture oil such as lemon oil to clean. Use coasters or mats to prevent marking caused by hot mugs or plates. Minimize contact with heat from direct sunlight or radiators to reduce the possibility of the wood shrinking or drying out and cracking.

Bonded Leather

Bonded leather, or reconstituted leather, is an artificial material composed of 80% to 100% leather fibers. These fibers are often waste scraps from leather tanneries or leather workshops. These fibers are bonded together with latex binders and constructed into a fibrous mat to create the look and feel of genuine leather but at a fraction of the cost. Bonded leather is a sustainable regenerated leather product. The leather grain or texture is stamped onto the surface to replicate the grain and texture of real leather hides.

Care

To clean bonded leather wipe with a damp cloth. Avoid harsh chemicals, waxes or soaps which could remove the surface colour or dry the product.

Faux Leather

Faux leather is a completely man made product which has the feel, look, beauty and characteristics of real leather, but at a much lower cost. The furniture pieces include ottomans, stools, chairs, sofas and hassock/tables. Choose faux leather furniture in cream, burgundy, red, black or rich walnut brown tones which will all blend easily with any existing furniture colour. Faux leather furniture styles are classic and simple and will blend with furniture styles ranging from modern to antique. Faux leather offers the perfect seating solution for the dining room, office or living space when a clean polished look is desired.

Care

Faux leather furniture is practically maintenance free. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove most spills and dust monthly as needed. Do not use cleaning products designed for real leather or saddle soaps. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct heat sources to avoid drying out the faux fabric.

Recycled Glass

Recycled glass is made from simple natural ingredients: silica sand, soda ash and limestone. Using products made of glass makes good sense environmentally, as crushed glass returns virtually to its natural state. Glass is 100 % recyclable, as it can be recycled indefinitely to make more new glass Crushed recycled glass is called cullet and is re-combined with virgin raw materials (silica sand, soda ash and limestone) in the glass manufacturing process for most new glass. Recycled glass is both functional and beautiful. Use coloured glass to decorate by accenting a window ledge, table top or mantel top with vases or bowls. Collect recycled glass candle holders in lots of colours and set a tabletop with the entire collection in assorted colours. Recycled glass is lead free and suitable for all food serving.

Care

Enjoy and use your recycled glass daily, but handle and store your recycled glass with care for lasting enjoyment. Because this glass is not as hard as tempered or oven proof glass, avoid stacking. Avoid washing in hot dish washers to reduce cracking and breakage. When washing by hand, wash each piece separately instead of piling every piece in the sink at the same time. Avoid using a microwave to heat foods in recycled glass as the heat may crack the glass.

Terracotta

The term terracotta actually means “baked earth”. Terracotta is a natural brownish orange colour in the natural state and is sometimes referred to as pottery. Terracotta sold in Wicker Emporium is made and imported from Indonesia and China. Terracotta is a type of clay which is cast by hand or in a mould to define the shape. The piece is then fired in a pit or a kiln. The pieces are dried slowly, and then can be decorated or glazed. Terracotta has been used throughout history in the construction pottery, sculpture, bricks and shingles.

Care

Moisture will expand in the container or soil in the container when it freezes causing it to crack. Store terracotta indoors during freezing weather. Clean terracotta when necessary using a soft natural brush and warm water with mild soap.

Stoneware

Dishware can be referred to as earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, ceramic, crockery or china. Porcelain is a ceramic material made by heating raw materials, including clay, in a kiln to temperatures between 1,200C and 1,400C. Porcelain is impermeable before glazing and is usually white or translucent. Porcelain wares do not require glazing to render them impermeable to liquids, and are generally glazed for decorative purposes. Bone china is made by adding bone ash to the paste to produce white, strong translucent porcelain, traditionally used to produce fine china. Earthenware is fired at lower temperatures and is not impervious to liquids. Earthenware is not used for everyday dishware. Stoneware is a heavy, nonporous, non-translucent pottery which is fired at a high temperature. The glaze is applied for decoration only during the second firing. The usual colour of stoneware tends to be grey.

Care

Stoneware dishes are microwave and dishwasher safe. If washing by hand, wash each piece individually and avoid stacking dishes on each other to prevent damage. Do not use stoneware dishes in the oven.

Banana Leaf

Banana leaf is the leaf of the banana plant. Banana leaves are used in ceremonies in Hindu and Buddhist cultures, and are also used to serve or wrap food in Vietnam, Mexico and many other countries. Before it is used to make furniture, the banana leaf is dried, rolled and plaited to create a sturdy rope. This rope is then used to weave furniture over a wood frame and to weave baskets. Banana leaf products may be finished in a coffee colour, stained darker or finished in a bleached look.

Care

Banana leaf is a natural fiber and should not be exposed to excessive moisture to avoid mould or mildew. Banana leaf products are for indoor use only. Vacuum as needed if dusty. Wipe with a damp cloth if soiled. Stain with a good quality furniture stain such as Minwax to correct scuffs in the finish or to change the colour. Do not paint this product.

Seagrass

Seagrass is a natural fiber which ranges in colour from soft green to brown. Seagrass is durable and resistant to staining and naturally resistant to rot and water damage. The fibers for sea grass products come mainly from China. Seagrass is non-synthetic, non-allergic and environmentally friendly.

Care

Seagrass resists most stains and wear from the elements. To clean sea grass rugs you can lift up and sweep underneath, or simply vacuum. Clean sea grass baskets or furniture with a mild soap if soiled with minimum rubbing on the weave. Seagrass furniture is suitable for indoor use only.

Willow

Willow is a natural material which grows in almost every country in the world. Most willow imported comes from Northern China. Willow may appear as light brown buff willow or as bleached, which is done through boiling and bleaching, or any number of other finishes and painted colours. Willow grows straight like grass up to 15’ in height. The nature of a willow reed will give an uneven look to the weave in a finished product, with the reed thicker in one area and graduating to very thin in diameter in another. The ends are typically left in the inside of the item before the next reed is used to weave. Willow is typically used for baskets and containers for carrying. Willow is not a solid wood and is not typically considered for retail furniture design. Baskets are woven by rural farmers during seasons while the crops are growing and in cold winter months. The final finishing, staining, quality inspection and packing for export is done in factories.

Care

Willow does not require any maintenance. The reed will darken and mellow with age naturally. To clean if necessary, rinse gently with warm water without soaking and brush with a soft natural brush. NOTE: only a few select types of wicker such as rattan vine wood can be soaked in water without causing harm, rot or discolouration to the reed.

Bamboo basketware

Bamboo is a tropical grass which commonly grows over100 feet in height. Bamboo grows at a tremendous rate, sometimes over 36 inches in one day. Bamboo grass can be used to product basket ware in an infinite variety of patterns and weaves. Spun bamboo fibres are also used to produce fine basket ware with the appearance of wood. Bamboo requires no replanting, pesticides or fertilizers.

Care

Bamboo is a grass which is a natural bio-degradable fibre and should not be subjected to excessive moisture to prevent deterioration and decay. Wipe with a damp cloth if soiled or dusty. Do not submerge bamboo grass baskets in water as the weight of the water could cause the bamboo woven grass to pull apart. Bamboo grass basket ware can be dyed or stained easily with natural vegetable dyes if desired, using a sponge to apply.

Candles

Wicker Emporium candles are smokeless and drip less while burning. Most candles sold at Wicker Emporium have special fragrances. The candles are made from either traditional paraffin wax or soy wax. Soy wax is made from soy beans and contains only natural ingredients. Soy wax is biodegradable and burns longer than paraffin wax. Soy wax produces less soot than paraffin wax. Always extinguish lit candles before going to bed or leaving your home. Never leave lit candles unattended in the same room with pets or children. Never burn candles without candleholders or leave lit candles on surfaces which are not heat resistant. Never leave lit candles close to a draft or vents. Keep clusters of tapers or pillars spaced away from each other to prevent the heat from altering the shapes of the other candles.

Care

To prevent uneven burning, trim the wicks to at least ¼� before lighting. Discard all candles when they have burned down to 1" or less in height. Do not store candles in direct sunlight to avoid fading or distortion.

Curtains

Curtains sold at Wicker Emporium stores are sold in various styles which include tab tops, pocket tops, or ring tops. Curtains sizes are usually approximately 44� x 84� long. Fabrics include cottons and manmade fibres to produce many styles and textures including faux silks, faux satins and taffetas, faux furs, faux suede and embroidered styles. Curtains are sold individually and not in pairs.

Care

Refer to the product care label to ensure that curtains do not fade or shrink when cleaned. Dark colours will fade more quickly when used in windows with strong sunlight. Use lighter tones when strong sunlight is evident.

Kubu Rattan

Kubu grey rattan is a type of rattan which has special finish to repel moisture and which also gives this collection of rattan a characteristic antique grey patina. The furniture pieces have exceptionally strong framing under seating and table tops. Kubu grey rattan is designed to be enjoyed inside or on covered decks and verandas where the furniture is protected from the elements. Rattan is a strong solid wood and should not be confused with bamboo, which looks similar.

Care

Rattan can be cleaned with a mild soap and water if soiled. When mould is evident, sponge the item using a gallon of warm soapy water with ¾ cup of bleach added. Rattan can be stained any colour when still in the natural bleached state, or painted if desired using a brush or spray paint. Painted rattan usually requires a freshening up yearly. Apply a fresh coat of latex spray paint as needed. Rattan strips are used to wrap furniture legs to conceal any nails used in the construction. Re-wrap loose or missing rattan peel bindings using a roll of rattan peel which is sold in most craft shops. Rattan is woven while wet to ensure that the fibre is flexible. Soak the flat reed before using. Rattan peel decorative bindings are sometimes replaced with flat shoelace leather in the appropriate colour for the maximum durability. Avoid leaving rattan exposed to the weather year long to maintain the existing or original finish and to prevent the nails used in construction from rusting.

Metal Furniture and Accessories

The most common materials used in metal furniture are iron and aluminum. Iron is a chemical element that is naturally malleable and can rust easily if not sealed and protected. Modern pieces will sometimes have a rust- resistant finish or a coating that protects against chipping, scratching and corrosion. Always check first before using iron furniture outside. Metal furniture and accessories are constructed in one of three main ways: extrusion, casting or forging. Extrusion forces metal through long pipes and forms long narrow tubes of metal, which are often hollow. Casting metal involves a form or cast, shaped like the finished product. The finished pieces are usually solid. Forging is a process in which the metal is heated and hammered into a shape where furniture known as “wrought� iron is made. This process uses pipes and various pieces of metal and joins them together by welding, bolting, or both.

Care

Clean iron, aluminum or steel when necessary with a mild dish detergent and warm water. Iron furniture requires more maintenance than other metal furniture. Immediately touch up any scratches or rust by gently sanding with a fine steel wool and then applying a rust inhibiter. Apply several thin coats of metal paint in a clear finish or colour, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly to prevent rust or corrosion to iron furniture.

Wicker Emporium offers fine wooden furniture and home decor from our stores in greater Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Atlantic Canada.

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